Ibn Sina Avicenna and Malcolm and the Ontological Argument

The Monist 54 (2):234-249 (1970)
  Copy   BIBTEX


It has generally been assumed that Anselm was the originator of the ontological argument. Notwithstanding the fact that it has received much criticism, Malcolm defends its so-called second version. In this paper we shall examine some features of ibn Sina’s notion of the Necessary Existent which show that prior to Anselm, ibn Sina formulated a version of this argument which corresponds in some senses to Malcolm’s version, and that a close examination of ibn Sina’s peculiar version enables us to criticize Malcolm’s version as it has not been done heretofore.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 74,174

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Scientific Methodologies in Medieval Islam.Jon McGinnis - 2003 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 41 (3):307-327.
Avicenna/Ibn Sina.Sajjad H. Rizvi - 2006 - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Ibn Sînâ (Avicenna) and René Descartes on the Faculty of Imagination.Hulya Yaldir - 2009 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 17 (2):247-278.
What Makes the Efficient Cause Efficient?: The Notion of Will in Ibn Sīnā’s Emanative Scheme.Shalahudin Kafrawi - 2007 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 81:179-191.
How Ibn Sīnian is Suhrawardī's Theory of Knowledge?Mehdi Aminrazavi - 2003 - Philosophy East and West 53 (2):203-214.
How Ibn Sinian is Suhrawardi's Theory of Knowledge?Mehdi Amin Razavi - 2003 - Philosophy East and West 53 (2):203-214.


Added to PP

65 (#181,288)

6 months
1 (#413,740)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

Where Does Avicenna Demonstrate the Existence of God?Daniel D. De Haan - 2016 - Arabic Sciences and Philosophy 26 (1):97-128.
Avicenna on Empty Intentionality: A Case Study in Analytical Avicennianism.Mohammad Saleh Zarepour - forthcoming - British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-20.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references