The reverse ontological argument

Collin, J. H. (2022) The reverse ontological argument. Analysis, 82(3), pp. 410-416. (doi: 10.1093/analys/anab077)

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Modal ontological arguments argue from the possible existence of a perfect being to the actual (necessary) existence of a perfect being. But modal ontological arguments have a problem of symmetry; they can be run in both directions. Reverse ontological arguments argue from the possible nonexistence of a perfect being to the actual (necessary) nonexistence of a perfect being. Some familiar points about the necessary a posteriori, however, show that the symmetry can be broken in favour of the ontological argument.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Collin, Dr James
Authors: Collin, J. H.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Journal Name:Analysis
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN (Online):1467-8284
Published Online:23 April 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 The Author
First Published:First published in Analysis 82(3): 410-416
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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