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Saint Anselms ontological argument seeks to provide an a priori proof proposition which can be known or justified independent of experience of Gods existence However Gaunilo a contemporary of Anselm and a fellow Catholic argued that Anselms ontological argument is invalid because an argument of the same form could have true premises and a false conclusion therefore he introduced perfect island argument which is perfectly parallel to ontological argument In this paper I will discuss St Anselms ontological argument and how Gaunilo used his perfect island argument as an objection to Anselm In addition to this I will briefly discuss Anselms replies to Gaunilos criticisms Anselms definition of God is You are something that nothing greater can be conceived Anselm 127 Anselms statement essentially means that it is not possible to think of being greater than God Anselm also states that God is the greatest thinkable being he is referring to the fact that it would be impossible to imagine or to create in ones mind someone or something being better than God Therefore it would be impossible to say that God only exists in ones mind because it is much greater to exist in reality than it is to exist only in ones mind Later Anselm suggested that God has many attributes which describe him Among these being self-existent a necessary being omnipotent omniscient completely just and timelessly eternal however the most important attributes is the fact that he is self-existent In essence that means that God depends on nothing else for his existence he is uncaused Therefore his existence is timelessly eternal This means that God cannot stop existing On the other hand contingent beings such as ourselves depend on something else for their existence One example of this is that as a child we
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