an a priori argument for the existence of God, asserting that as existence is a perfection, and as God is conceived of as the most perfect being, it follows that God must exist; originated by Anselm, later used by Duns Scotus, Descartes, and Leibniz.
- Also called ontological proof .
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If the famous ontological argument for the being of God has been refuted, we shall not, on that account, tremble for the ark.The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews | Thomas Charles Edwards
Thus the argument from causation throws us back on the so-called ontological argument, whose futility has already been shown.History of Modern Philosophy | Alfred William Benn
Are you not mocking me and deceiving yourself with the old ontological argument?Creative Intelligence | John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
Kant has put this point in clear light in his criticism of the ontological argument.Creative Evolution | Henri Bergson
Stewart had spoken doubtfully of the ontological argument for theology.The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3) | Leslie Stephen
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