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Brian Leftow

Anselm's Argument: Divine Necessity

Anselm's Argument: Divine Necessity

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Anselm of Canterbury gave the first modal ontological argument for God's existence. Yet, despite its distinct originality, philosophers have mostly avoided the question of what modal concepts the argument uses, and whether Anselm's metaphysics entitles him to use them.

Here, Brian Leftow sets out Anselm's modal metaphysics. He argues that Anselm has an absolute, broadly logical, or metaphysical modal concept, and that his metaphysics provides acceptable truth makers for claims in this modality. He shows that his modal argument is committed (in effect) to
the Brouwer system of modal logic, and defends the claim that Brouwer is part of the logic of absolute or metaphysical modality. He also defends Anselm's premise that God would exist with absolute necessity against all extant objections, providing new arguments in support of it and ultimately
defending all but one premise of Anselm's best argument for God's existence.

Author: Brian Leftow
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Published: 06/30/2022
Pages: 336
Weight: 1.48lbs
Size: 9.27h x 6.42w x 0.98d
ISBN: 9780192896926
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