Philosophia Christi 13 (1):59-74 (2011)

Angus John Louis Menuge
Concordia University Wisconsin
The ontological argument from reason aims to show that deliberative reasoning cannot be located in a naturalistic ontology, because such reasoning requires a unified, enduring self with libertarian free will. The most popular way of avoiding this argument is to claim that some version of naturalistic compatibilism suffices for human reason, because even in a world of event causation, some creatures may be responsive to reason. In this paper, I argue that the best versions of this approach either smuggle in nonnaturalistic commitments or else cannot distinguish between compulsive rationality merely occurring in someone’s brain from reasoning an agent does.
Keywords Contemporary Philosophy  Philosophy and Religion
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DOI 10.5840/pc20111315
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