The ontological argument and Russell’s antinomy

Sara L. Uckelman



In this short note we respond to the claim made by Christopher Viger in [4] that Anselm’s so-called ontological argument falls prey to Russell’s paradox. We show that Viger’s argument is based on a flawed premise and hence does not in fact demonstrate what he claims it demonstrates.


ontological argument; Russell’s paradox; St. Anselm

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Viger, Ch., “St. Anselm’s ontological argument succumbs to Russell’s paradox”, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 52, 3 (2002): 123–128.

ISSN: 1425-3305 (print version)

ISSN: 2300-9802 (electronic version)

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