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Jerry L. Walls and Trent Dougherty

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190842215

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190842215.001.0001

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C.S. Lewis’s Argument from Nostalgia

C.S. Lewis’s Argument from Nostalgia

A New Argument from Desire

(X) C.S. Lewis’s Argument from Nostalgia
Two Dozen (or so) Arguments for God

Todd Buras

Michael Cantrell

Oxford University Press

This chapter shows that in certain circumstances desires are a guide to possibility, and that, in these circumstances, human beings desire at least one state of affairs for which the existence of God is a necessary condition. It follows that God’s existence is possible; or, more modestly, anyone with the relevant desires has a reason to believe God’s existence is possible. Thus, a new argument in the tradition of C.S. Lewis’s argument from nostalgia is offered, an argument from certain desires to the possibility premise of the modal ontological argument. It is argued, further, that support for the possibility premise does not succumb to the problem of equipollence, a problem that undermines many attempts to support the possibility premise.

Keywords:   desire, possibility, God, ontological argument, Happiness, Conceivability, problem of equipollence, Atheism

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