Philosophy - Anselms Ontological Argument for the Existence...

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Anselm’s Ontological Argument for the Existence of God This is a conceptual analysis ; Anselm analyzes the concepts we have of God to discover more about the nature of God. In the case of God, what we discover about the concepts, according to Anselm, implies the predicate “exists”. That is, whatever it would take to be God (the concepts wrapped up in the idea) he would have to exist for those concepts to be part of the subject we are analyzing (God) Whatever God is, he is at the very least: “something greater than which cannot be thought” If there is a God, he is the greatest being. We cannot imagine something greater. If we were to find even for a second that we could imagine something greater, all that means is that we have more to add to our previous concept. That is, that too would be God, and so we would actually understand our concept of God better (we would not assume that God himself wasn’t the greatest thing…we would instead revise our concept of God to encompass whatever is the greatest thing there is). According to Anselm, a full understanding of the concept of God would necessarily bring one
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This note was uploaded on 05/08/2011 for the course PHIL 101 taught by Professor Pleto during the Fall '08 term at Ohio University- Athens.

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Philosophy - Anselms Ontological Argument for the Existence...

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