Does The Ontological Argument Successfully Show That God Exists?

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Does the Ontological Argument successfully show that God exists? Anselm 's ontological argument is a philosophical argument which aims to prove God 's existence. The ontological argument is an argument for God’s existence based on reason alone. According to this argument, there is no need to go out looking for physical evidence of God’s existence; we can work out that he exists simply by thinking about it logically. (Anon., 2004) Anselm’s argument is a reductio argument, it seeks to demonstrate that a statement is true by showing that an absurd result would follow from its denial. I will be discussing three objections to Anselm’s argument which I will reply to, namely: ‘the perfect island’ objection by Gaunilo; ‘existence is not a predicate’ objection by Immanuel Kant and Aquinas objection ‘not everyone has the same concept of God’. I agree Anselm’s ontological argument does indeed show that God exists.
The ontological argument by Anselm claims that the idea that God does not exist is just as absurd as the idea that a five-sided square does. According to the ontological argument, we can tell that the claim that God does not exist is false without having to look into it in any detail. By knowing what ‘square’ the definition of a square is makes it obvious that a five-sided square is not possible. If you understand the meaning of God, it is therefore obvious that God’s non-existence is not possible. The claim that God does not exist is self-contradictory. (Anon., 2004)…

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