Friday, November 04, 2022

The Ontological Argument for God's Existence Revisited


(Somewhere in Ohio)

When I taught philosophy of religion at Monroe County Community College (18 years) I would open with Anselm's Ontological Argument for God's Existence. (See here.) The argument goes:

1. I have an idea of a being a greater than which cannot be thought.

2. Therefore, God exists.

Note that premise one is not about a really great being. It's about a greatest possible being; viz., a being a greater than which cannot be logically conceived.

Occasionally, I would introduce students to Alvin Plantinga's Modal Version of the Ontological Argument for God's Existence. One form of which, is this.

1. It is possible that a logically necessary being exists.

2. Therefore, God exists. 

Occasionally, I continue reading about this fascinating argument. 

See the recent edition of Philosophy Now - "The Ontological Argument Revisited."