Essay on Ontological Argument Is Not Reliant On An Posteriori

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Ontological Argument Saint Anselm created the “Ontological Argument”. Saint Anselm was the archbishop of Canterbury. The premise of Saint Anselm’s Ontological Argument is that, no greater being can be conceived than God. The Ontological Argument is an a priori or deductive argument. An a priori argument does not have to be supported by real or factual evidence just by reason without observation. Thus, the Ontological Argument is not reliant on an a posteriori premise. An a posteriori argument is an inductive argument and usually considered to be true because of past evidence or reasoning and rarely false. In “Core Questions in Philosophy” by Elliot Sober, Sober first discusses how Saint Anselm’s Ontological Argument agues the existence of God, is supposed to follow the concept of God. Anselm’s first premise is that God is the most perfect being in any possible world. Any way one can imagine the world to be is a, “possible world”. There are infinite ideas of possible worlds. Furthermore, this is the idea that God is the the most perfect and best possible being in any possible world. This is followed by Anselm’s second premise. This premise is that God is not contingent but is a necessity in any possible world. If God is the most perfect being, he must be necessary in all possible worlds imagined. When something is contingent it relies on other things to exist. An example from “Core Questions in Philosophy” by Elliot Sober, is that humans are contingent on one…

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