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Single Idea 3321

[catalogued under 28. God / B. Proving God / 2. Proofs of Reason / b. Ontological Proof critique]

Full Idea

Kant's famous critique of the Ontological Argument that existence is not a predicate leaves one perplexed as to what it might be, but modern logic says that existence is a quantifier, not a predicate.

Gist of Idea

Modern logic says (with Kant) that existence is not a predicate, because it has been reclassified as a quantifier


comment on Immanuel Kant (Critique of Pure Reason [1781]) by Josť A. Benardete - Metaphysics: the logical approach Ch.10

Book Reference

Benardete,Josť A.: 'Metaphysics: The Logical Approach' [OUP 1989], p.63

A Reaction

See McGinn's criticism of this in Idea 6062.

Related Idea

Idea 6062 Existence can't be analysed as instantiating a property, as instantiation requires existence [McGinn]