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The Ontological Argument a Give an account of the Ontological Argument for the existence of God The Ontological argument is a group of different philosophers arguments for the existence of God Ontological literally means talking about being and so in this case that being is the existence or being of God The main component of the Ontological argument can be found in the Anselms Proslogion which is a short work that tries to demonstrate both the existence and the nature of God His main aim in writing the Proslogion is not to directly prove the existence of God but to moreover to show the relationship between faith and reason Anselm wanted to understand the object of the belief He is also not trying to defend his belief against the atheist and neither is he trying to convince the atheist that God exists The ontological argument differs from other arguments in favour of God as it is an a priori deductive argument a priori meaning that can come to a conclusion by the use of reason and not proof A deductive argument means that if the premises that are put into the argument are true then the conclusion must be true Thus Anselm tends to base his argument on the definitions and terminology used Anselms first form of the argument is that God is that than which none greater can be conceived Firstly it must be emphasised that Anselms definition does not limit God to being the greatest but makes it known that nothing greater can be thought than God himself Therefore God should not in any way be linked to terms such as omnipotent as terminology such as this limit him to what he really is With this definition he attempts to prove that not only does God exist in the mind but also in reality Anselm uses the example of the fool to
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