Ibn Sina Avicenna and Malcolm and the Ontological Argument

The Monist 54 (2):234-249 (1970)
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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.

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