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The Concept of Supreme Perfection: Some Arguments for God’s Existence

  • Clement Dore

Abstract

The following is a version of what, since Kant, has been called ‘the ontological argument,’ that is, an argument from the concept of a supremely perfect being to the existence of such a being:
  1. (1)

    The concept of a supremely perfect being is, in part, the concept of a person who has all those properties which are such that it is better than not that a person jointly possesses them. Wisdom and power are examples. (I say ‘jointly’ because, for example, power without wisdom is not a perfection.)

     
  2. (2)

    The concept of existence is the concept of such a property.

     
  3. (3)

    So, it is a conceptual truth that a supremely perfect being possesses the property of existence.

     
  4. (4)

    Hence, a supremely perfect being exists.

     

Keywords

Actual Existence Conceptual Truth Ontological Argument Nonexistent Object Impossible State 
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Copyright information

© Clement Dore 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Clement Dore
    • 1
  1. 1.Vanderbilt UniversityUSA

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