Existence is not a predicate

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Parent debateThis argument is used in the debate Does God exist?.
Argument againstThis argument is an objection to God's existence is contained in his concept.
Keywords: God, Ontological argument, Predicate[ edit ].



“When I say: "God is an existing thing", it's as if I'm expressing the relationship of a predicate to a subject. However, there is also an incorrectness in this expression. To be precise, we should say: something existing is God, i.e. to an existing thing are appropriate the predicates which, taken together, are designated by the term God. These predicates are posited relative to this subject, but the thing itself, with all its predicates, is posited absolutely.”

Emmanuel Kant, The only possible basis for a demonstration of God's existence, 1762.



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