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The concept of God The concept of God  Creator  Omnipotent  Omniscient  Necessarily existent  Eternal  Wholly good God = df  The Greatest Possible Being
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St. Anselm (1033 – 1109) St. Anselm (1033 – 1109) “That Than Which Nothing Greater Can Be  Thought” i.e. “nothing greater can be  consistently   thought”  The greatest  consistently thinkable  being. The greatest  logically possible  being.
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Existence in the Understanding Existence in the Understanding  vs.   vs.  Existence in Reality Existence in Reality A greatest possible being exists “in the  understanding”. But does it exist in reality as well?
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The Ontological Argument  The Ontological Argument  (p4,c1) (p4,c1) “. . . Surely that than which a greater cannot be  thought cannot exist only in the understanding.    “For, if it exists only in the understanding “it can be thought to exist in reality; which is  greater.”
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The Ontological Argument The Ontological Argument 1. Suppose God does not exist in reality. 2. Then there could have been a being greater  than God.
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