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Unformatted text preview: The Proof of Gods Existence According to Anselm of Canterbury The existence of God has been debated heavily for many years. There are many arguments for His existence and many against it. One of the arguments for it is by Anselm of Canterbury. In Proslogion chapter 2, Anselm writes a proof that states that God truly exists using the ontological argument, which is an argument based on intuition and reason alone. In Chapter 2 of Proslogion , Anselm states that God cannot exist solely in the mind. His argument for this position is that something can exist in the mind, such as a painters plan for his artwork, but it does not exist in reality until he thinks it exists because he painted it. By comparison, God exists in ones mind, but also exists in reality because one believes in ones mind He exists. Anselm puts in this way, It is on thing for an object to exist in the mind, and another thing to understand that an object actually exists. This argument, in other words, says another thing to understand that an object actually exists....
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This note was uploaded on 03/29/2008 for the course PHL 200 taught by Professor Dowell during the Fall '08 term at Michigan State University.
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