Philosophers' Imprint 14:1-21 (2014)

Ian Proops
University of Texas at Austin
In the first Critique Kant levels two main charges against the cosmological argument. First, it commits the fallacy of ignoratio elenchi. Second, in two rather different ways, it presupposes the ontological argument. Commentators have struggled to find merit in either of these charges. The paper argues that they can nonetheless be shown to have some merit, so long as one takes care to correctly identify the version of the cosmological argument that Kant means to be attacking. That turns out to be a charitably modified version of the argument run by Christian Wolff. Having described Kant’s target argument, the paper goes on to explicate his criticisms and to weigh their merits.
Keywords God  cosmological  Kant  Critique  Wolff  Rational theology  natural theology  existence of God  Leibniz  contingent
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