Philo 12 (2):217-227 (2009)

Peter Van Inwagen
University of Notre Dame
This paper examines the so-called modal ontological argument. It pays special attention to the role that the symmetry and transitivity of the accessibility relation play in the argument, and examines various approaches to a defense of the “possibility premise,” the premise of the argument that states that the existence of a perfect being is metaphysically possible. It contains an analysis of Gödel’s attempt to show that this premise is true, and of a recent formulation by David Johnson of Gödel’s argument
Keywords Philosophy and Religion
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ISBN(s) 1098-3570
DOI 10.5840/philo200912215
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