In this book, Graham Oppy examines arguments for and against the existence of God. He shows that none of these arguments is powerful enough to change the minds of reasonable participants in debates on the question of the existence of God. His conclusion is supported by detailed analyses of the arguments as well as by the development of a theory about the purpose of arguments and the criteria that should be used in judging whether or not arguments are successful. Oppy discusses the work of a wide array of philosophers, including Anselm, Aquinas, Descartes, Locke, Leibniz, Kant, Hume and, more recently, Plantinga, Dembski, White, Dawkins, Bergman, Gale and Pruss.
Graham Oppy is Associate Dean of Research in the Faculty of Arts at Monash University. He is the author of Ontological Arguments and Belief in God, and Philosophical Perspectives on Infinity. He is Associate Editor of the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, and serves on the editorial boards of Philo, Philosopher's Compass, Religious Studies, and Sophia.
1. Some preliminary questions addressed; 2. Ontological arguments; 3. Cosmological arguments; 4. Teleological arguments; 5. Pascal's wager; 6. Arguments from evil; 7. Other arguments; 8. Concluding remarks.
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