A Non-Modal Argument

  • Clement Dore


In this chapter I shall defend a non-modal argument for God’s existence which does not have among its premises the claim that God is logically possible but which, since it establishes that God exists, proves indirectly that God is logically possible.


Descriptive Term Expert Testimony Conceptual Truth Substitution Instance Modal Argument 
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    Haldane and Ross, The Philosophical Worlds of Descartes, vol. 1 (New York: Dover, 1955) p. 181.Google Scholar
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    Alvin Plantinga, ‘Is Theism Really a Miracle?’, Faith and Philosophy, 3 (Apr 1986) pp. 114–15.Google Scholar
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    Anthony Kenny points out that Descartes explained to a critic that by ‘a mountain without a valley’ he meant an uphill slope without a downhill slope. Anthony Kenny, Descartes: A Study of his Philosophy (New York: Random House, 1968) p. 156.Google Scholar

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© Clement Dore 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Clement Dore
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  1. 1.Vanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA

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