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Predication and Modality in Kant’s Critique of the Ontological Argument

Lawrence Pasternack
Published Online: 2018-10-04 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/kantyb-2018-0008


There is perhaps no more famous objection to the Ontological Argument (OA) than Kant’s contention that existence is not a predicate (E~P). However, this is not his only objection against the Ontological Argument. It is rather part of a more comprehensive attack on the OA, one that contains at least four distinct arguments, only one of which involves (E~P). It is the purpose of this paper to explore Kant’s case for (E~P), consider three contemporary strategies used to reinforce it, assess their merits, and then finally briefly present Kant’s three further arguments.


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Published Online: 2018-10-04

Citation Information: Kant Yearbook, Volume 10, Issue 1, Pages 149–170, ISSN (Online) 1868-4602, ISSN (Print) 1868-4599, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/kantyb-2018-0008.

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