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    Descartes's Real Argument.James Patrick Downey - 2002 - Ratio 15 (1):01–09.
    It is still commonly supposed that Descartes based his argument for the mind-body distinction on the law of the indiscernibility of identicals. I argue that this interpretation is very unlikely to be correct. I explain three contemporary versions of this interpreta- tion and say why I reject it. Basically, use of this law for Descartes’s conclusion would require reference to human bodies or else the supposition, for the purpose of the argument, of reference to human bodies. But at the time (...)
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    Commentary on “The Possibility of God”.James Patrick Downey - 1987 - Faith and Philosophy 4 (2):202-206.
    Clement Dore has offered a demonstration that God is possible. This is important because the Ontological Argument shows that if God is possible, it is necessarily true that God exists. Dore’s demonstration parallels Descartes’s Meditation V argument: (roughly) God by definition has all perfections; but (Dore proposes) possible existence is a perfection; therefore, God is possible. However, Leibniz recognized that Descartes’s argument is incomplete, omitting proof that the concept of God is consistent. Dore’s demonstration fails for just this reason. Dore’s (...)
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    Are Traditional Theists Pantheists?James Patrick Downey - 1985 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 23 (1):127-135.
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    On Omniscience.James Patrick Downey - 1993 - Faith and Philosophy 10 (2):230-234.
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    A Primordial Reply to Modern Gaunilos.James Patrick Downey - 1986 - Religious Studies 22 (1):41 - 49.
    Donald R. Gregory has recently argued that the monk Gaunilo's response to St Anselm's ontological argument succeeds in showing what is fundamentally wrong with any ontological argument, including modern modal versions. He holds that the Gaunilo strategy in fact demonstrates what it alleges, that reasoning which parallels the form and intent ofAnselm's reductio argument can ‘prove’ a priori the existence of quite unacceptable entities.
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    Leibniz’s Opinion Of Descartes’s Argument That He Is Not A Body.James Patrick Downey - 2003 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 11 (3):493 – 498.
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    Are Traditional Theists Pantheists?James Patrick Downey - 1985 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 23 (1):127-135.
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