St Anselm And The Ontological Argument
To understand the ontological argument one must first know that the arguments claim to logical attempt to demonstrate the existence of God itself. The ontological …show more content…
Both the cosmological and theological arguments are based on inductive reasoning which main purpose is to build evidence to persuade us to believe, but still lacks proof. Therefore this makes them a posteriori meaning the truth is going to be accepted after looking at the evidence for example other galaxies have life the only way this is proven to be true is after having the evidence. On the other hand the ontological argument is taken from deductive reasoning which tends to accept that if the premises are true therefore they have to be accepted as true. This makes the argument a priory meaning it can be true without actually having valid proof for example If Paul is a bachelor then he is unmarried.
The ontological argument presented by Saint Anselm is found in chapters two and three of proslogion which was written around 1078 Century. In this, he wanted to present a self-justifying and irrefutable argument which aimed to proof that God exists. His argument is split into two parts the first which are found in (proslogion 2) state that God exists and God has and will always exist (proslogion 3) both of these builds on one another. Anselm says “truly there is