ON KANT'S HIDDEN AMBIVALENCE TOWARD EXISTENCE IN HIS CRITIQUE OF THE ONTOLOGICAL ARGUMENT


Mion G.

JOURNAL OF APPLIED LOGICS-IFCOLOG JOURNAL OF LOGICS AND THEIR APPLICATIONS, vol.5, no.7, pp.1515-1522, 2018 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 5 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF APPLIED LOGICS-IFCOLOG JOURNAL OF LOGICS AND THEIR APPLICATIONS
  • Page Numbers: pp.1515-1522

Abstract

The paper explores Kant's attitude toward existence in the Critique of Pure Reason. It has two main goals: first, it argues that Kant's criticisms of the ontological argument might be vitiated by an ambivalence toward existence, and then it attempts to provide a solution to the ambivalence in question. Finally, since my reading of Kant assumes that for him, existence is governed by the rule of existential generalization, I also prove the following biconditional: existence is not a real predicate iff existential generalization is valid.