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DO DESCARTES AND ST. THOMAS AGREE ON THE ONTOLOGICAL PROOF?

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Contrary to received opinion, Descartes’ view on the merits of the ontological proof may actually agree with that of Thomas Aquinas, whose rejection of the a priori existence proof has stocked the armories of anti-Anselmians ever since. In a rarely noted passage of the First Replies, Descartes claims not to differ in any respect from Thomas on the proof, a claim that gains sense in light of recent work on the Fifth Meditation. That work in turn reveals a well-founded, if surprising, understanding of the Cartesian proof and of Cartesianism's true relation to Thomism.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0114.2008.00328.x

Affiliations: Department of Philosophy Providence College

Publication date: 2008-12-01

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