October 24 - ANSELMS ONTOLOGICAL ARGUMENT(500 yrs before...

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ANSELM’S ONTOLOGICAL ARGUMENT (500 yrs before Descartes) The nature of the argument is that if I get the correct idea of god right in my mind, then I will come to understand that that god exists 1. God is a BTWNGCBT (Being than which none greater than be thought) - In other words, the most perfect being 2. God exists at least in the understanding, if not in reality (We have an idea of God in our minds) Some people might say there is no such god, but even the person who says that must have an idea in his mind of what God is or else he would be talking nonsense. 3. To exist in reality is greater than to exist only in the understanding (only as an idea in someone’s mind) Three premises ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 4. If god existed only in the understanding and not in reality, God could not be a BTWNGCBT - If god was just an idea in the mind, god would not BTWNGCBT because we can think of a greater one, one that existed in reality 5. Therefore, God does not exist only in the understanding, God exists in reality
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This note was uploaded on 09/27/2009 for the course PHL 301 taught by Professor Bonevac during the Fall '08 term at University of Texas.

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