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Ontological Arguments and Belief in God (Hardback)
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Ontological Arguments and Belief in God (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages / Published: 26/01/1996
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This book is an interesting contribution to the philosophy of religion. It offers a comprehensive discussion of one of the most famous arguments for the existence of God: the ontological argument. The author provides and analyses a critical taxonomy of those versions of the argument that have been advanced in recent philosophical literature, as well as of those historically important versions found in the work of St Anselm, Descartes, Leibniz, Hegel and others. A central thesis of the book is that ontological arguments have no value in the debate between theists and atheists. There is a detailed review of the literature on the topic (separated from the main body of the text) and a very substantial bibliography, making this volume an indispensable resource for philosophers of religion and others interested in religious studies.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521481205
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 760 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm


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'Graham Oppy has written an excellent book. Perhaps a greater Companion can be conceived, but it is hard to imagine a greater being achieved. Future students of the ontological argument will find it something of a burden if they have to manage without it. A splendid survey.' Philosophy
"It is at once a virtue and challenge of this book that we are presented with meticulous reconstructions of historical forms of the argument, together with variations and objections (and often objections to the objections) that are both amazing and intimidating in their thoroughness....In addition to the main text, the book contains an appendix of some 130 pages, in which O. surveys virtually every significant discussion of the various forms of the ontological argument in the recent literature." Theological Studies
"...since belief in God is the starting point of all western religious belief, this topic is indeed important....the book succeeds in that it is informative and useful." Canadian Catholic Review
"This book performs the remarkable, well neigh impossible, feat of critically examining virtually everything that has been published in English on this argument, and it also covers related issues on existence and reference....it is an indispensable source of reference and stimulation for anyone working on these issues." Philosophy
"...his book is impressive. Its chief merit lies in its bibliographical references, which will prove invaluable to anyone attempting research on ontological arguments....Oppy is also to be congratulated for his own lively contribution to debates on ontological arguments." Brian Davies, O.P., Anglican Theological Review
"...this book is a testament to how intradisciplinary Phliosophy has become. For this reason alone everyone should read this book." Billy Joe Lucas, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion
"This makes the book enoromously helpful to anyone wanting to do serious work on this controversial argument....religious studies programs should have this book." Religious Studies Review
"Because of the wide range of literature Oppy engages, the seriousness with which he treats it, and teh wealth of detailed positions he takes and defends, anyone interested in ontological arguments will want to study this book." Edward Wierenga, Review of Metaphysics

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