On Inherent Incoherence of Gaunilo’s Island

Danielyan, Edgar (2018) On Inherent Incoherence of Gaunilo’s Island. Heythrop Journal. ISSN 0018-1196

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Various attempts have been made to save Gaunilo’s ‘ideal’ island by proposing different criteria for its maximal greatness or perfection. This paper addresses a recent proposal that ‘an ideal island is conceivable if it’s defined as any island exhibiting an ideal ratio of great-making island properties’ (Milo Crimi, ‘Ideally sized islands: Reply to Danielyan, Garrett and Plantinga’, Analysis 77 (2), 273-278) and shows that it fails because the idea of an island – indeed of anything that is finite, delineated and circumscribed as a necessary condition of its own conception - cannot accommodate maximal greatness or perfection; neither can a determined quantitative relation between finite relata constitute a criterion of maximal greatness or perfection.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Philosophy; Guanilo's Island
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Depositing User: Rachel Pollard
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2018 09:48
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2020 00:15
URI: http://bear.buckingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/283

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