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Hegel, German Idealism,
Metaphysics/Ontology, and the Philosophy of Time
Graduate Hours and Class
Program (Catholic Univ. of America)
Community Scholar Program (Univ. of Virginia)
Masters Program (Liberty Univ.)
Catholic University of America, Washington, D. C.
Dissertation (see below);
Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
Religious Studies/Philosophy of Religion
(2004 - 2009)
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Art Theory and Practice
(1991 - 1996)
HEGEL'S MODAL ONTOLOGICAL
Dr. Antón Barba-Kay
Dr. Michael Rohlf and
Dr. Timothy Noone
Hegel broadens the definition of Ontological Argument beyond the normal scope of arguments for the existence of God. He is no theist himself, but he makes use of the argument within his own philosophy. Though he analyzes the arguments of Anselm, Descartes, Leibniz, and others, he also presents his own ontological argument, but this is not generally recognized. His argument is formal, and his philosophy allows for a certain
kind of formal deduction, but this too is not generally recognized. It is also, surprisingly but defensibly, a modal deduction. While Hegel's own writings contain ample evidence of this, this particular assertion about Hegel is radically new.
This dissertation calls out the formal characteristics of the argument, defends the idea that Hegel's philosophy allows for such an argument, and reveals the ways in which it is integrated into the rest of his philosophical system. The conclusion is that Hegel's philosophy is itself an ontological argument in the form of a modal disjunctive syllogism.
[Compare: The traditional definition of an ontological argument?
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