Is the modal ontological argument for God's existence a sound argument?

Asked by: johanthegreat
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  • Has many flaws

    The first flaw with the ontological argument is that it acts analytical, but in concept affirms a synthetic proposition. I talk here about the AOA. It adds something to an analytical statement, not concludes something from that analytical statement, which makes it a synthetic statement, but upon that grounds, it cannot be affirmed as it acts purely on an analytical basis. The other questions are simple: can we prove something's existence without experiencing it? Existence is a posteriori, and all proofs of existence have come from a posteriori notions. Then we get into the itsy bitsies of it: is existence perfection? This world is imperfect; hence God's existence would be a negation of His existence. Then we could go further and further and further: this necessarily follows from the nature of reason.

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FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-03-24T02:14:13.787
It sounds as good as 'anything that can be conceived exists' I suppose. It sounds like, by conceiving that it is too great to exist you're actually making it exist, and giving it that perceived greatness because it also happens to be a form and function so high that you can't disprove it either.