Date of Award

5-2015

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Philosophy

First Advisor

Dr. C. Daniel Dolson

Second Advisor

Dr. Nicholas Mantegani

Third Advisor

Dr. Richard Glatz

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only

Restricted to Campus until

5-15-2025

Abstract

In this thesis I will evaluate various modal ontological arguments for the existence of God. I will evaluate Kurt Gödel’s modal ontological argument (as preserved by his student Dana Scott), and Anthony Anderson’s emendation of it. I will conclude that both Gödel’s argument and Anderson’s emendation fail. I then propose a revised version of C’Zar Bernstein’s ontological argument. I conclude that while this argument is not rationally compelling, it is more plausibly sound than not. Finally, I will demonstrate that some extant general objections to modal ontological arguments are unconvincing.

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