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1. Byer, Sammuel Robert. Parodies and the Role of Medieval Ethical Concepts in the Ontological Argument.

Degree: PhD, 2017, University of Oklahoma

In this dissertation, I examine historical and contemporary versions of the ontological argument for God’s existence and objections to it, focusing on versions of the argument that contain Linkage Premises (premises that hold there is a strong connection between existence and perfection or greatness). I argue that the most plausible kind of objection to these and other ontological arguments is a version of the parody-style counterargument found in contemporary literature. If this counterargument succeeds, it results in a reductio ad absurdum of the ontological argument. I then examine the relationship between being and goodness found in certain medieval philosophers such as Aquinas, Augustine, and Boethius (also called the Convertibility Thesis of Being and Goodness). I argue that this view is coherent and plausible. Then, I argue that for versions of the ontological argument that contain a Linkage Premise to succeed, both against my counterargument and on their own terms, the proponent must presuppose the Convertibility Thesis of Being and Goodness. Finally, I argue that greater attention ought to be paid to this medieval view, not only for its positive results related to the ontological argument, but also because of its relevance in other ethical, metaethical, and metaphysical matters. Advisors/Committee Members: Zagzebski, Linda (advisor), Judisch, Neal (committee member), Sankowski, Edward (committee member), Hawthorne, James (committee member), Willard, Mara (committee member).

Subjects/Keywords: Philosophy; Religion, Philosophy Of

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APA (6th Edition):

Byer, S. R. (2017). Parodies and the Role of Medieval Ethical Concepts in the Ontological Argument. (Doctoral Dissertation). University of Oklahoma. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11244/50758

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Byer, Sammuel Robert. “Parodies and the Role of Medieval Ethical Concepts in the Ontological Argument.” 2017. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Oklahoma. Accessed December 17, 2017. http://hdl.handle.net/11244/50758.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Byer, Sammuel Robert. “Parodies and the Role of Medieval Ethical Concepts in the Ontological Argument.” 2017. Web. 17 Dec 2017.

Vancouver:

Byer SR. Parodies and the Role of Medieval Ethical Concepts in the Ontological Argument. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Oklahoma; 2017. [cited 2017 Dec 17]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11244/50758.

Council of Science Editors:

Byer SR. Parodies and the Role of Medieval Ethical Concepts in the Ontological Argument. [Doctoral Dissertation]. University of Oklahoma; 2017. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11244/50758

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