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Anselms Ontological Argument and the Philosophers Saint Anselm of Aosta Bec and Canterbury perhaps during a moment ofenlightenment orstarvation-induced hallucination succeeded in formulating an argument for Gods existencewhich hasbeen debated for almost a thousand years It shows no sign of going away soon It is anargumentbased solely on reason distinguishing it from other arguments for the existence of Godsuch ascosmological or teleological arguments These latter arguments respectively depend on theworldscauses or design and thus may weaken as new scientific advances are made such asDarwinstheory of evolution We can be sure that no such fate will happen to Anselms OntologicalArgument the name by the way coined by Kant In form Anselms arguments are much like the arguments we see inphilosophy today InCur Deus Homo we read Anselms conversation with a skeptic This sort ofquestion-and-answerform of argumentation dialectic is very much like the writings of Plato The skepticBosoquestions Anselms faith with an array of questions non-believers still ask today Anselmanswers ina step-by-step manner asking for confirmation along the way until he arrives at aconclusion withwhich Boso is forced to agree This is just like Socrates procedure with say Crito Later philosophers have both accepted and denied the validity ofAnselms famousontological argument for the existence of God presented in both the Proslogium andMonologium Anselm did not first approach the argument with an open mind then examine its componentswith acritical eye to see which side was best Anselm had made up his mind about the issue longbefore hebegan to use dialectic to attempt to dissect it Indeed the extreme ardor whichimpels him to searcheverywhere for arguments favorable to the dogma is a confession his part that the dogmaneedssupport that it is debatable that it lacks self-evidence the criterion of truthWeber V In chapters 2-4 of his Proslogium Anselm summarizes the argument Afool is one whodenies the existence of God But even that fool understands the definition of God abeing thanwhich nothing greater can be conceived But the fool says
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