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Many people have tried to prove through many ways that God exists Anselm used the ontological argument proposing that if God could be thought of and perceived then God has to exist At the center of the ontological argument is the idea or concept of existence The Ontological argument is a group of different philosophers arguments for the existence of God Ontological means talking about being and so in the Philosophy case that being is the existence or being of God The ontological argument differs from other arguments in favor of God because of the fact that it is an a priori deductive argument a priori means that a person arguing this can reach a certain 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 the terms that he used Anselms first form of the argument is that God is that than which none greater can be conceived 45 Firstly it must be emphasised that Anselms definition does not limit God to being the greatest but Anselem 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 Anselem tries to prove that not only does God exist in the mind but also in reality He is saying that Because God is something and can be perceived God must exist Another way of stating this is that God is perfect so he must exist because he would not be perfect if he didnt exist Anselm uses the example of the fool to prove his point on Gods existence He says that when the fool says that There is
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