Anselm Proslogion and Exchange with Guanilo

Anselm Proslogion - Proslogion and Exchange with Guanilo CLASS NOTES Fallacy when the premises are true but the conclusion is false Counter example

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Proslogion and Exchange with Guanilo CLASS NOTES Fallacy- when the premises are true but the conclusion is false Counter example: great possible island o Conclusion- it must exist, but it can’t in reality If Guanilo is right, something must be wrong in the argument Fool’s response: IF God exists, he’s the greatest possible thing. Question is, does he exist? When refuting an argument you want to make sure you’re refuting the RIGHT argument, and not assume people are saying things they’re not. Or else your response to the imaginary argument will be pointless. Fool has to agree to the greatest possible being because he’s trying to deny the existence of it. Fool says “Sure God is the greatest possible being, if he exists.” Greatest possible island has a lot of superlatives. Why should you think it exists? If it exists it has to be the greatest island, but that doesn’t mean it does exist. Finding out if it does exist is the second step. The first is understanding the concept. Pg 30 1 st paragraph “Nor do I concede that it exists at all, except in the sense that something exists (if you want to call it existence) when my mind tries to imagine some completely unknown thing solely on the basis of a word that it has heard.” o There’s a difference between proving and believing God exists o Religions that are based on faith Anything can have a greatest possible thing = fallacious (?) Anselm has to show there is NO example to support this theory- that’s his burden. Anselm is saying there’s a difference between the concept of God and an island Let’s look at the word being = to have existence. This is a general term. Whatever is true of the general term has to be true of all specific terms following. This applies to logic. Guanilo says that he can substitute any other word (any other thing that exists) in place of the
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Anselm Proslogion - Proslogion and Exchange with Guanilo CLASS NOTES Fallacy when the premises are true but the conclusion is false Counter example

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