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Necessary Existence

  • Jonathan Barnes
Part of the New Studies in the Philosophy of Religion book series (NSPR)

Abstract

In 1948 J. N. Findlay advanced an a priori argument for atheism, the skeleton of which is this:
  1. (1)

    A thing is a God if and only if it is an adequate object of religious attitudes.

     
  2. (2)

    If a thing is an adequate object of religious attitudes then it necessarily exists.

     
  3. (3)

    It is not possible that anything necessarily exists. Therefore: (4) It is not possible that anything is a God.

     

Keywords

Logical Necessity Contingent Truth Ontological Argument Religious Attitude Existential Sentence 
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Copyright information

© Jonathan Barnes 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonathan Barnes
    • 1
  1. 1.Oriel CollegeOxfordUK

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