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Unformatted text preview: 1. What is the Ontological Argument? What is it intended to prove? Does it succeed? Ontological Argument is one of the three arguments in the philosophy of religion that addresses God’s existence. This is not one of a strong argument, rhetorically speaking, for it set forth the notion that once we understand, what “God” means, then we will be able to see that He actually exists. There are many developments for this argument over the course of time like the revision of draft papers for a big essay. First developed by St. Anselm of Canterbury, he started out by defining God as the “greatest” being that nothing else can be held comparable to, as Koestenbaum stated (120). And, after having laid out the generality about God in his definition since he is using the Aristotelian logic, Koestenbaum continues, St. Anselm came to his own conclusion that God actually exists since he has defined God as a being that nothing greater than him can be conceived (121). Such, simply implies that He exists— just like how the nothing greater than him can be conceived (121)....
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This note was uploaded on 11/25/2011 for the course PHIL 001 taught by Professor Woolever,james during the Summer '09 term at West Valley.
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