17 - A nselms argument for the existence of God is known as...

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AnselmAEs argument for the existence of God is known as the "ontological" argument, where 'ontological' means 'of or pertaining to being.' The basic idea of the argument is that the very being, nature, or essence of God implies that God exists. In Anselm's original version, it is the having of the concept of God that yields knowledge of God's existence. To understand what God is is to acknowledge that God exists. Kant later commented that this argument is not at all persuasive, but is invoked only by those who already believe that God exists. According to Anselm, the concept of God is the concept of the being than which none greater can be conceived. To understand this concept, we need to be able to compare the greatness of concepts. One way to do so (call it greatness of scope), is to compare concepts in terms of their inclusiveness. A concept which includes more is greater. Thus my concept of a wonderful beach with an adjacent golf course is greater than my concept of just the beach. But Anselm was working with a less straightforward comparison of concepts. We may
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