Alvin Plantinga on the ontological argument

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 Anselm  Maximal greatness  Maximal excellence  Begs the question epistemically
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DOI 10.2307/40270244
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Keith Burgess-Jackson (2014). Does Anselm Beg the Question? International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 76 (1):5-18.

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