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Ontological Argument

Ontological Argument - The Ontological Argument 9/5...

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The Ontological Argument 9/5 Cleanthes’ arguments a posteriori o “Suppose, therefore, an articulate voice…” (23) Philo rallies o “Now, Cleanthes, said Philo, with an air of triumph, mark the consequences…” (35) o “Many worlds might have been botched and bungled, throughout an eternity, ere this system was struck out.” (36) o “And why not become a perfect anthromporphite…” (37) o “All these systems, then, of skepticism, polytheism, and theism, you must allow, on your principles, to be on a like footing.” (43) Philo’s bottom line o Attempting to prove the existence of a GCB by experience, that is, a posteriori, will always underdetermine the wanted conclusion: It will always leave open the possibility of a non-theistic alternative explanation. An a priori alternative\ o The ontological argument tries to prove a GCB with no recourse to experience. o It only requires that you have the concept of a GCB, and apparently even an atheist has that.
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