Review of Yujin Nagasawa, Maximal God: A New Defence of Perfect Being Theism
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In the concluding section of his book, Nagasawa writes:
As far as the modal ontological argument is concerned, perfect being theism wins. … The modal ontological argument is … formally valid … and all of the premises do seem to be true; I cannot think of any successful objection to them. Hence, it seems to me that the argument is no less compelling than many other philosophical arguments that are widely considered to be persuasive. … If [atheists] initially agree with the possibility premise but reject it after realising that it entails that God exists, then that would be an ad hoc move. I hope to have shown that the modal ontological argument is compelling enough … for those who are willing to avoid such an ad hoc move. (206)
The big idea in the book is that, if we stop thinking about God as a being that possesses the omni-attributes—omnipotence, omniscience, and omnibenevolence—and start thinking about God as a being that possesses the maximum possible combination of power,...