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And the Word Became Flesh: Logic and the Ontological Argument in Leibniz, Kant and Frege

Lanros, Wynne Elizabeth (2010) And the Word Became Flesh: Logic and the Ontological Argument in Leibniz, Kant and Frege. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Historically, the philosophical literature on the ontological argument has primarily been concerned with the assessment of the argument in terms of its validity or lack thereof. Rarely have the logical foundations of validity itself been investigated in their relation to the argument. My thesis seeks to remedy this omission by investigating the correlation between changing conceptions of logic and ontological argumentation. To do so, I discuss the conceptions of logic employed by three of the most notable modern expositors of the ontological argument: Leibniz, Kant and Frege. I characterize their conceptions of logic in terms of formality and modality and subsequently relate these characterizations to their respective critiques of the ontological argument, establishing that an important correlation exists between one's conception of logic and one's assessment of ontological argumentation. In conclusion, I argue for the importance of understanding ontological argumentation not only in terms of its validity within a given conception of logic, but also in terms of the validity of the conception of logic itself.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Lanros, Wynne
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairEdwards, Steven Anthonytedwards@pitt.eduTEDWARDS
Committee MemberRescher, Nicholasrescher@pitt.eduRESCHER
Committee MemberKane, Paulapmk@pitt.eduPMK
Date: 25 January 2010
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 2 December 2009
Approval Date: 25 January 2010
Submission Date: 7 December 2009
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Religious Studies
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: anselm; descartes; existence; formality; modality; predication; rational theology
Other ID:, etd-12072009-223643
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:09
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:53


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