PHL211-paper1 - Molly Shifrin January 18th, 2010 PHL 211...

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Molly Shifrin January 18 th , 2010 PHL 211 Paper #1 The strongest criticism of the ontological argument in my opinion is against the third premise. The third premise logically is that ‘anything existing in the external world is greater than it would be if it merely existed as an idea in people’s minds.’ The concept is simply that ideas are not as great as things that exist in reality, however I do not think that this is necessarily true. Ideas are very powerful things. Ideas are what change the world, more so than the tangible things. The concepts that most religions are based on are merely that-- concepts. Of course, people have tried to prove that they are more than just concepts, that there is real evidence, but obviously this evidence is inconclusive. But these ideas have caused movements and revolutions that have changed the world we live in. Ideas are what hate crimes, wars, and murders are based on. Most often it’s not real things that people are fighting over, otherwise those material things could be stolen and
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PHL211-paper1 - Molly Shifrin January 18th, 2010 PHL 211...

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