Plantinga's Ontological Argument

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Leslie Allan
La Trobe University
Abstract
The ontological argument for the existence of God has enjoyed a recent renaissance among philosophers of religion. Alvin Plantinga's modal version is perhaps the most notable example. This essay critically examines Plantinga's rendition, uncovering both its strengths and weaknesses. The author concludes that while the argument is probably formally valid, it is ultimately unsound. Nonetheless, Plantinga's version has generated much interest and discussion. The author spends some time uncovering the reasons for the argument's powerful intuitive appeal. He concludes his essay by appraising Pruss's recent defence of Plantinga's argument.
Keywords anselm  ontological  existence  god  necessary  plantinga  theist  possible world  modal  pruss
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