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Dahlem Center for Intelligent Systems, Freie Universit at Berlin, Germany c.benzmueller@gmail.com 2 Theory and Logic Group, Vienna University of Technology, Austria bruno@logic.at

Attempts to prove the existence (or non-existence) of God by means of abstract ontological arguments are an old tradition in philosophy and theology. G odels proof [12,13] is a modern culmination of this tradition, following particularly the footsteps of Leibniz. G odel denes God as a being who possesses all positive properties. He does not extensively discuss what positive properties are, but instead he states a few reasonable (but debatable) axioms that they should satisfy. Various slightly dierent versions of axioms and denitions have been considered by G odel and by several philosophers who commented on his proof (cf. [19,2,11,1,10]). Dana Scotts version of G odels proof [18] employs the following axioms (A), denitions (D), corollaries (C) and theorems (T), and it proceeds in the following order:3 A1 Either a property or its negation is positive, but not both: [P () P ()] A2 A property necessarily implied by a positive property is positive: [(P () x[(x) (x)]) P ( )] T1 Positive properties are possibly exemplied: [P () x(x)] D1 A God-like being possesses all positive properties: G(x) [P () (x)] A3 The property of being God-like is positive: P (G) C Possibly, God exists: xG(x) A4 Positive properties are necessarily positive: [P () P ()] D2 An essence of an individual is a property possessed by it and necessarily implying any of its properties: ess . x (x) ( (x) y ((y ) (y ))) T2 Being God-like is an essence of any God-like being: x[G(x) G ess . x] D3 Necessary existence of an individual is the necessary exemplication of all its essences: NE (x) [ ess . x y(y )] A5 Necessary existence is a positive property: P (NE ) T3 Necessarily, God exists: xG(x) Scotts version of G odels proof has now been analysed for the rst-time with an unprecedent degree of detail and formality with the help of theorem provers; cf. [17]. The following has been done (and in this order): A detailed natural deduction proof. A formalization of the axioms, denitions and theorems in the TPTP THF syntax [20]. Automatic verication of the consistency of the axioms and denitions with Nitpick [8]. Automatic demonstration of the theorems with the provers LEO-II [5] and Satallax [9]. A step-by-step formalization using the Coq proof assistant [6]. A formalization using the Isabelle proof assistant [16], where the theorems (and some additional lemmata) have been automated with Sledgehammer [7] and Metis [15].

This work has been supported by the German Research Foundation under grant BE2501/9-1. A1, A2, A5, D1, D3 are logically equivalent to, respectively, axioms 2, 5 and 4 and denitions 1 and 3 in G odels notes [12,13]. A3 was introduced by Scott [18] and could be derived from G odels axiom 1 and D1 in a logic with innitary conjunction. A4 is a weaker form of G odels axiom 3. D2 has an extra conjunct (x) lacking in G odels denition 2; this is believed to have been an oversight by G odel [14].

G odels proof is challenging to formalize and verify because it requires an expressive logical language with modal operators (possibly and necessarily ) and with quantiers for individuals and properties. Our computer-assisted formalizations rely on an embedding of the modal logic into classical higher-order logic with Henkin semantics [4,3]. The formalization is thus essentially done in classical higher-order logic where quantied modal logic is emulated. In our ongoing computer-assisted study of G odels proof we have obtained the following results: The basic modal logic K is sucient for proving T1, C and T2. Modal logic S5 is not needed for proving T3; the logic KB is sucient. Without the rst conjunct (x) in D2 the set of axioms and denitions would be inconsistent. For proving theorem T1, only the left to right direction of axiom A1 is needed. However, the backward direction of A1 is required for proving T2.

This work attests the maturity of contemporary interactive and automated deduction tools for classical higher-order logic and demonstrates the elegance and practical relevance of the embeddings-based approach. Most importantly, our work opens new perspectives for a computerassisted theoretical philosophy. The critical discussion of the underlying concepts, denitions and axioms remains a human responsibility, but the computer can assist in building and checking rigorously correct logical arguments. In case of logico-philosophical disputes, the computer can check the disputing arguments and partially fulll Leibniz dictum: Calculemus Let us calculate!

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1. R.M. Adams. Introductory note to *1970. In Kurt G odel: Collected Works Vol. 3: Unpublished Essays and Letters. Oxford University Press, 1995. 2. A.C. Anderson and M. Gettings. G odel ontological proof revisited. In G odel96: Logical Foundations of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics: Lecture Notes in Logic 6. Springer, 1996. 3. C. Benzm uller and L.C. Paulson. Exploring properties of normal multimodal logics in simple type theory with LEO-II. In Festschrift in Honor of Peter B. Andrews on His 70th Birthday, pages 386406. College Publications. 4. C. Benzm uller and L.C. Paulson. Quantied multimodal logics in simple type theory. Logica Universalis (Special Issue on Multimodal Logics), 7(1):720, 2013. 5. C. Benzm uller, F. Theiss, L. Paulson, and A. Fietzke. LEO-II - a cooperative automatic theorem prover for higher-order logic. In Proc. of IJCAR 2008, volume 5195 of LNAI, pages 162170. Springer, 2008. 6. Y. Bertot and P. Casteran. Interactive Theorem Proving and Program Development. Springer, 2004. 7. J.C. Blanchette, S. B ohme, and L.C. Paulson. Extending Sledgehammer with SMT solvers. Journal of Automated Reasoning, 51(1):109128, 2013. 8. J.C. Blanchette and T. Nipkow. Nitpick: A counterexample generator for higher-order logic based on a relational model nder. In Proc. of ITP 2010, number 6172 in LNCS, pages 131146. Springer, 2010. 9. C.E. Brown. Satallax: An automated higher-order prover. In Proc. of IJCAR 2012, number 7364 in LNAI, pages 111 117. Springer, 2012. 10. R. Corazzon. Contemporary bibligraphy on the ontological proof (http://www.ontology.co/biblio/ontological-proof-contemporary-biblio.htm ). 11. M. Fitting. Types, Tableaux and G odels God. Kluver Academic Press, 2002. 12. K. G odel. Ontological proof. In Kurt G odel: Collected Works Vol. 3: Unpublished Essays and Letters. Oxford University Press, 1970. 13. K. G odel. Appendix A. Notes in Kurt G odels Hand, pages 144145. In [19], 2004. 14. A.P. Hazen. On g odels ontological proof. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 76:361377, 1998. 15. J. Hurd. First-order proof tactics in higher-order logic theorem provers. In Design and Application of Strategies/Tactics in Higher Order Logics, NASA Tech. Rep. NASA/CP-2003-212448, 2003. 16. T. Nipkow, L.C. Paulson, and M. Wenzel. Isabelle/HOL: A Proof Assistant for Higher-Order Logic. Number 2283 in LNCS. Springer, 2002. 17. B. Woltzenlogel Paleo and C. Benzm uller. Formal theology repository (https://github.com/FormalTheology/GoedelGod ). 18. D. Scott. Appendix B. Notes in Dana Scotts Hand, pages 145146. In [19], 2004. 19. J.H. Sobel. Logic and Theism: Arguments for and Against Beliefs in God. Cambridge U. Press, 2004. 20. G. Sutclie and C. Benzm uller. Automated reasoning in higher-order logic using the TPTP THF infrastructure. Journal of Formalized Reasoning, 3(1):127, 2010.

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