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A Moderate Anselmian Plea

Michael J. Almeida

in Freedom, God, and Worlds

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199640027
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191741937 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199640027.003.0002
A Moderate Anselmian Plea

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Incompossibility arguments are apriori atheological arguments according to which the conceivability of certain statements or propositions constitutes good evidence against the Anselmian God. It is shown that traditional Anselmianism does not have the resources to successfully rebut incompossibility arguments. Among the traditional Anselmians are Anselm, Hartshorne, Malcolm, Plantinga and Morris It is definitive of traditional Anselmianism that God has the divine attributes as a matter of a priori necessity. It is shown that Anselmians are better served by adopting Moderate Anselmianism according to which God has the divine attributes as a matter of metaphysical necessity, but not a priori necessity.

Keywords: traditional Anselmianism; Plantinga; Hartshorne; moderate Anselmianism; necessity; a priori

Chapter.  8054 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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