International Journal for Philosophy of Religion

, Volume 65, Issue 2, pp 87–92

Alvin Plantinga on the ontological argument

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    • Department of PhilosophyPurdue University
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11153-008-9182-9

Cite this article as:
Rowe, W.L. Int J Philos Relig (2009) 65: 87. doi:10.1007/s11153-008-9182-9

Abstract

By taking ‘existence in reality’ to be a great-making property and ‘God’ to be the greatest possible being, Plantinga skillfully presents Anselm’s ontological argument. However, since he proves God’s existence by virtue of a premise, “God (a maximally great being) is a possible being”, that is true only if God actually exists; his argument begs the question of the existence of God.

Keywords

AnselmMaximal greatnessMaximal excellenceBegs the question epistemically
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