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Burns, Elizabeth (2013) Ontological Arguments From Experience: Daniel A. Dombrowski, Iris Murdoch, and the Nature of Divine Reality. Religious Studies, 49 (4), pp. 459-480. [Journal Article]

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    Dombrowski and Murdoch offer versions of the ontological argument which aim to avoid two types of objection – those concerned with the nature of the divine, and those concerned with the move from an abstract concept to a mind-independent reality. For both, the nature of the concept of God/Good entails its instantiation, and both supply a supporting argument from experience. It is only Murdoch who successfully negotiates the transition from an abstract concept to the instantiation of that concept, however, and this is achieved by means of an ontological argument from moral experience which, in a reversal of the Kantian doctrine, depends ultimately on a form of the cosmological argument.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Religious Studies
    Keywords: ontological argument; Iris Murdoch, Daniel Dombrowski
    Department: Philosophy
    Depositing User: Dr Elizabeth Burns
    Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2014 16:07
    Last Modified: 11 Mar 2016 15:02
    URI: http://publications.heythrop.ac.uk/id/eprint/2152

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