The Existence Of A Perfect Being Essay example

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Throughout the history of Philosophy the topic that is filled with the most arguments is the existence of a perfect being. Many people believe that a “perfect being” is capable of existing while others believe that the “perfect being” only exists in the form of God. Philosophy is flooded with arguments for and against the existence of God. I chose the photograph of The Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci because the picture itself is of a man who seems to be completely proportional, a man who is “perfect”. Rene Descartes a rationalist came up with his own Ontological argument he claimed that, God’s existence is certain because existence is a necessary trait of perfection and God who is conceived, as a perfect being must posses all perfections. Descartes stated that existence is necessary to the concept of a God. Descartes argument came from the original Ontological argument which claims that it is possible to imagine a perfect being, such a being could not be perfect unless its essence included existence. Therefore a perfect being must exist. This argument is very strong however it does have a flaw, you cannot define or imagine a thing into existence, as said by many before in order to prove something exists there needs to be empirical proof. The existence of God is just a theory to many; there is no verifiable or empirical proof that God exists. In the 11th century St. Anselm of Canterbury proposed an Ontological argument. St. Anselm claims to derive the existence of God…

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