Thought experimenting with God. Revisiting the ontological argument

The ontological argument is one of the most intriguing lines of reasoning in Western thought. Leaving behind debates over the proper relation between science and religion, it makes a simple move from conceptual analysis to existence in order to prove the existence of god. The ontological argument will be reviewed against the background of the contemporary debate on thought experiments. Assuming that the ontological argument fails as a philosophical proof, I will argue that its move from concept to existence might best be understood as a thought experiment of revealed theology (a theology based on revelation – unlike philosophical theology/natural theology). Viewed from this perspective it makes sense that Anselm of Canterbury offered his versions of the ontological argument in the form of a prayer, which, presupposing the existence of god, seems to run counter to a proof of god's existence.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1515/NZST.2009.018
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
Edit this record
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Mark as duplicate
Request removal from index
Revision history
Download options
Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 32,564
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Some Ontological Arguments.Hugh S. Chandler - 1993 - Faith and Philosophy 10 (1):18-32.
The Ontological Argument Reconsidered.Oded Balaban & Asnat Avshalom - 1990 - Journal of Philosophical Research 15:279-310.
The Ontological Argument and the Devil.Yujin Nagasawa - 2010 - Philosophical Quarterly 60 (238):72-91.
The Stoic Argument Ex Gradibus Entium.Luke Gelinas - 2006 - Phronesis 51 (1):49 - 73.
Alvin Plantinga on the Ontological Argument.William L. Rowe - 2009 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 65 (2):87 - 92.
Faith, Reason and the Existence of God.Denys Turner - 2004 - Cambridge University Press.
Added to PP index

Total downloads
236 ( #18,864 of 2,235,793 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #267,882 of 2,235,793 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads
My notes
Sign in to use this feature