Modal collapse in Gödel's ontological proof

Kovač, Srećko (2012) Modal collapse in Gödel's ontological proof. In: Ontological Proofs Today. Ontos Verlag, Heusenstamm, pp. 323-343. ISBN 978-3-86838-181-8

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After introductory reminder of and comments on G¨odel’s ontological proof, we discuss the collapse of modalities, which is provable in G¨odel’s ontological system GO. We argue that G¨odel’s texts confirm modal collapse as intended consequence of his ontological system. Further, we aim to show that modal collapse properly fits into G¨odel’s philosophical views, especially into his ontology of separation and union of force and fact, as well as into his cosmological theory of the nonobjectivity of the lapse of time. As a result, modal collapse should not be conceived in G¨odel so much as a deficit, but rather as a kind of the rise of modalities to the “perfect” being. We further show that, in accordance with G¨odel’s ontology, the concepts of modality and time should be derived in terms of the “fundamental philosophical concept” of cause. To give an example of how a formalization of such causative G¨odelian ontology and ontological proof might look, we propose the transformation of GO into a kind of causally re-interpreted justification logic

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Depositing User: Maja Šoštarić
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2014 14:43
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2021 10:57

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