Anselm 's View On The Ontological Argument Essay

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In this essay I will discuss how Anselm specifies God in a vague manner making it difficult to understand, at first, what he is talking about. Also, I will discuss whether or not it is possible for there to be something that is greater than God himself. In Anselm’s text, “On the Ontological Argument,” he starts by saying that something than which nothing greater can be thought could be an idea or an understanding. He explains how something than which nothing greater can be thought “cannot be nonexistent even in thought.” (132). To begin, he describes something in which nothing greater can be thought as an understanding. Then he proceeds by claiming “something” as an actual being, which turns out to be God.
To start out, Anselm says that something than which nothing greater can be thought exists in the understanding or in the mind. Anselm says that the fool understands that something than which nothing greater can be thought can be imagined, therefore it exists in the fool’s mind, at the least. The fool understands there could be something that is greater than everything else imaginable. He proceeds by adding that to exist in reality is much greater than to exist only in the understanding alone. For something to be thought of is simple, for example a purple turtle is easy to imagine, but for a purple turtle to be real would be much more impressive. The realm of logical possibility says that if it can be thought of then it has potential to be real. Since a purple turtle can be…

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