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The Metaphysics of Thinking Necessary Existence: Kant and the Ontological Argument

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I argue in my paper that, when the “twofold standpoint,” in terms of which Kant undertakes to set metaphysics upon the revolutionary path of critical reason, is truly assessed, we discover that the fundamental distinction that he makes between subject and object, between thinking (together with desiring and willing) and knowing, between thinking the thing in itself and knowing objects of possible experience, or between freedom and nature, recapitulates the ontological argument demonstrating the necessary relationship between thought and existence.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10848770.2012.699298

Publication date: August 1, 2012

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