notes 6 - ArgumentsfortheexistenceofGod:Criticalperiod

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Arguments for the existence of God: Critical period The arguments that Kant offers in the Critique of Pure Reason against the standard proofs of rationalist metaphysics for the existence of God are in continuity, for the most part, with his earlier treatment of these proofs. Although he now re-classifies the proofs for the existence of God under three headings, the physico- theological, the cosmological, and the ontological, his objections to them echo his earlier analyses. The ontological argument rests upon the false assumption that existence is a predicate. The physico-theological and the cosmological arguments can both be shown to rest upon the ontological argument and thus share its fatal defect. There also are notable developments in his arguments that lead him beyond the positions he had taken in those previous discussions. These developments are ones that play a significant role in many subsequent philosophical analyses of religion. They arise from what Kant enunciates as a central argument of his
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This note was uploaded on 02/09/2009 for the course PHIL 102 taught by Professor Faulders during the Spring '09 term at Santa Barbara City.

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notes 6 - ArgumentsfortheexistenceofGod:Criticalperiod

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