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, cilt.5, sa.7, ss.1515-1522, 2018 (ESCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 5 Konu: 7
  • Basım Tarihi: 2018
  • Dergi Adı: JOURNAL OF APPLIED LOGICS-IFCOLOG JOURNAL OF LOGICS AND THEIR APPLICATIONS
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.1515-1522

Özet

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.