phil120 s06 Writing Assignment 2 St Anselm

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del Carmen 1 Eric del Carmen Professor Reyes Philosophy 102 10 March 2006 Writing Assignment #2: St. Anselm 1.) The point St. Anselm is trying to make in these two sentences is that through faith, granted by God (Chapter 2), God is what he has believed and thought it (God) is; “something than which nothing greater can be thought” (Chapter 2). St. Anselm’s definition of God is “the being something than which nothing greater can be thought” (Chapter 2). What St. Anselm’s definition of God really means is that thinking about God places him below nothing else, God is the highest being. This is the only way God can be thought of when one thinks of God. 2.) According to St. Anselm, even an atheist or “fool” knowingly understands and admits that God is “something than which nothing greater can be thought” when this is heard (Chapter 2). The atheist definition is one that believes there is no God hence it does not exist. But then they admit that there is no being greater than God according to St. Anselm. Here lies a clear contradiction by the “fool”, which St. Anselm uses to begin his attack on the atheist’s position. There are two kinds of existence believed by St. Anselm. Logical existence is the belief that existence is only in the mind, an understanding of the fact that God is the being than which nothing is greater (Chapter 2). Real existence is the belief that existence is not only in the mind, but also in reality. While St. Anselm
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del Carmen 2 understands these two kinds of existences are quite different, he clearly sees where the atheist contradicts himself (Chapter 2). An atheist understanding the logical existence of God because he admits that God is the being than which nothing is greater is a complete contradiction. 3.) St. Anselm’s point about the painter is that he has an understanding of his painting because it has been conceived in his mind. But he also understands that it does not exist because it has not been painted (Chapter 2).
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