Perfect being theology recommends a modal conception of God: God is the greatest conceivable being; or God is the greatest possible being; or God is the greatest actual being.
Focus on the version of perfect being theology which says that God is the greatest possible being: ([ ∀ x:x ≠ God] [ ∀ w ∈ W] (Godα > xw)). According to Speaks, this alethic perfect being theology has the following commitments:
(1) It takes the concept of God to be the concept of the greatest possible being.
(2) It supposes that the meaning of the word “God” has some intimate connection to the description “the greatest possible being”.
(3) It maintains that the divine attributes—the properties of God—can be derived from the concept of God.
(4) It supports “the perfect being defense” against atheistic arguments for the impossibility of instantiation of...