The Ontological Argument as an Exercise in Cartesian Therapy

Canadian Journal of Philosophy 35 (4):521 - 562 (2005)
Abstract
I argue that Descartes intended the so-called ontological "argument" as a self-validating intuition, rather than as a formal proof. The textual evidence for this view is highly compelling, but the strongest support comes from understanding Descartes's diagnosis for why God's existence is not 'immediately' self-evident to everyone and the method of analysis that he develops for making it self-evident. The larger aim of the paper is to use the ontological argument as a case study of Descartes's nonformalist theory of deduction and his method of analysis, showing how he conceives the latter as a form of philosophical therapy.
Keywords Ontological Argument  René Descartes  Analytic Method  God  Existence  Philosophical Therapy  Distinction
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