Exploring Simplified Variants of Gödel’s Ontological Argument in Isabelle/HOL

Christoph Benzmüller 🌐

November 8, 2021

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Simplified variants of Gödel's ontological argument are explored. Among those is a particularly interesting simplified argument which is (i) valid already in basic modal logics K or KT, (ii) which does not suffer from modal collapse, and (iii) which avoids the rather complex predicates of essence (Ess.) and necessary existence (NE) as used by Gödel.

Whether the presented variants increase or decrease the attractiveness and persuasiveness of the ontological argument is a question I would like to pass on to philosophy and theology.


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Session SimplifiedOntologicalArgument