Ontological Argument : St. Anselm Essay

778 Words Oct 9th, 2015 4 Pages
In the piece of Ontological Argument, St. Anselm argues that being able to exist in both reality and in understanding is the best to humans. He specifically focuses on the topic of an omnient God. He does use a reducto in his argument, so part of the premises contradict, but this contradiction strengthens the proof for the conclusion. I agree with his point of view. St. Anselm refers back to the difference between conceiving in concept vs in realty, all though out his writing. With an example of a painter Anselm explains how a painter conceives what he is going to paint, but does not yet fully understand the painting; because he has not physically painted it yet (St. Anselm pg. 4). Translating to when the job is done, the painter can understand the physical paining is greater than the initial conception. At this point, Anselm inserts that even the fool agrees that the idea of a being which nothing better can be conceived (God) exists, he just doesn’t believe it in reality. This part of the paper supports Anselm’s argument with these two premises: God exists only in the mind and not in reality (fool), and existence in reality is better than existence in only understanding. Anselm uses a reductio to strengthen his point even more; assuming the position of there being a higher being than God. Using his prior premises, he uses his definition that he knows of God (3 O’s God) to say it is false that a being higher than God can even be conceived, since “if a mind could conceive…

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