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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHL235H5
Professor
Bernard Katz
Semester
Fall

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PHL235 Sept 28 th - necessary being – a being that is self-existent – not dependent or any other thing for its existence Findlay - the concept of God is the concept of a logically necessary being o the fact that you have the concept doesn’t mean that it exists - if there is a God, he is an adequate object of religious attitudes - God’s existence is either senseless or impossible - argument relies on the idea that comes from Kant – no statement that exerts the existence of something can be logically necessary o can’t be a necessary truth that something exists  one concept is included in the other (if you are a mother, you are a parent) o you can’t get from that to “there are mothers” or “there are parents” o necessary truths reflects linguistic uses/convention  there is no linguistic convention that something exists  can’t agree on something into existence  not simply a matter of convention - he concludes that the idea that God exists must be false – if God exists, God exists necessarily o it’s nonsense or false to say God
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