|On Kant’s hidden ambivalence toward existence in his critique of the ontological argument|
To be published in Special Issue on Formal Approaches to the Ontological Argument
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.
30 July 2018