Plantinga Version of the Modal Ontological Argument
« on: May 17, 2016, 08:40:32 pm »
 I cordially invite all persons interested in the forum topic ontological argument to read my recently published essay, “A Critique of the Plantinga Version of the Modal Ontological Argument,” accessible at The paper is also available at The introduction to my paper reads:

In this paper I examine the modal ontological argument based upon possible worlds semantics expounded by Alvin Plantinga (PMOA) and further developed and defended by William Lane Craig. In section A I set forth the definitions and premises of the PMOA and its conclusions before disclosing its flawed underlying assumptions. In section B I expound and defend what I call the "anti - Plantinga modal ontological argument - argument" (or anti-PMOA-argument). There I rigorously show that, despite appearances, a maximally great being is not broadly logically possible. In section C I set forth why the anti-PMOA-argument is amply confirmed—namely, because the procedure used to construct the PMOA plausibly allows the construction of arguments relevantly similar to it, but inconsistent with it. Such rival arguments show the existence, in all possible worlds, of either (a) beings relevantly similar to, but different from, that of God conceived of as a maximally excellent being (as defined in the PMOA), or, more strikingly, (b) several conceivable maximally excellent beings that nevertheless constitutively or otherwise differ from each other in some important respects. Section D examines the nature of the modality involved in possible world semantics, in so doing explaining why the notion of what is broadly logically possible/necessary ought to be distinguished from the notion of what is metaphysically possible/necessary. Section E independently considers the plausibility of premise 1 of the PMOA (i.e., that it is possible that a maximally great being exists) according to the writings of other scholars.

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Re: Plantinga Version of the Modal Ontological Argument
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2016, 10:14:02 am »
I would like to inform the reader that very soon after submitting my post on the topic, Plantinga Version of the Modal Ontological Argument, I noted to my grat chagrin that I had garbled the topic heading. I could not modify my post to correct the error because I did not locate any verbal or iconic link (alleged by Help to be available) that would have enabled me to do so. Since my submission, I sent two email messages to the webmaster about the problem, and further requested that the moderator be asked to correct my error. I have also called the general RF contact number and asked that the moderator contact me by phone or email. During all this time, although my post has been available to the public, there was a notice stating that it was pending approval by the moderator. This note was not removed until sometime after Sunday early  evening hours. (Why the delay?) I never heard from the webmaster or the moderator.
Nevertheless, I hope that Forum users and readers interested in the ontological argument will read my essay on this topic available on the Secular Web ( and Academia.Edu (
I am very appreciative of this opportunity to invite RF Forum users and readers to read my paper. Hopefully, I will post a summary of my chief argument in the reasonably near future.
Arnold Guminski