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    We learned about 5 different arguments for God’s existence. The two arguments that stood out to me the most were the argument of design and the ontological argument. The ontological argument was formed by Saint Anselm. Anselm believed that everyone has some idea of God in their minds, so he exists. Some objections to this argument are that an idea and reality are not the same thing and that Anselm’s logic is flawed and saying that something is the thing that nothing better could be thought of does not make it a true statement for all things. The argument might respond to these objections by first saying that to say that something is the thing that nothing better could be thought of only makes sense when it is being used to describe god, a…

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    The Ontological Argument and Pascal’s Wager The “Ontological Argument” was created by Saint Anselm; this argument is in support of God’s existence. His argument is one based on observation and reason not on empirical evidence and is spit in to three parts. The parts include why god exists, why god cannot be thought to not exist, and lastly why atheists are able to think that God does not exist. In the first section he begins with a definition of God that he believes everyone would be accepting…

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    In this essay, I will defend for the existence of God. First I will present Anselm’s ontological argument for the existence of God on the claim that he is the greatest conceivable being, then I will present Gaunilo’s objection for the unsoundness of Anselm’s argument on the claim of which there are no set limitations for the characteristic of the greatness, which I think fails. I will show that Anselm’s ontological argument can withstand Gaunilo’s objection by emphasizing the maximal…

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    The argument for the existence of God will always give rise to infinitive points of view. St. Anselm (c. 1033- April 21, 1109) was an Italian monk who later went on to become the Archbishop of Canterbury developed one of the most notable Ontological Arguments of all time. St. Anselm proposes that if God can be thought of and perceived, then he must exist. Anselm defines God as that than which nothing greater can be conceived—meaning no one can think of anything better than God. Although…

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    Anselm’s ontological argument The existence of the God have been a question probably for the whole history of humanity. There are a plenty of arguments for God’s existence, and in this paper I am going to review Anselm’s argument for the existence of the being nothing greater than which can be conceived, one of the strongest among others. At first, I am going to summarize the argument, and then, as every argument for the God’s existence has its own defects, I am going to answer the following…

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    Does the idea of perfection in any way imply the existence of perfection? This question formed the basis of Anselm’s Ontological argument. Anselm advocated the existence of God as an infinite and perfect being not just in the mind, but also in reality. This concept of the existence of a perfect being was challenged by another philosopher named Gaunilon, who compared the existence of God with that of a perfect island. Anselm’s reply to Gaunilon was that there is no comparison between the two,…

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    In this paper, I will be examining Descartes" ontological argument. I will begin with an explanation of the argument. I will next seek to establish that the argument relies upon the epistemic criterion that Descartes has laid out for himself I will consider several questions about the nature of the argument and the properties of some of the premises. Descartes seemed to believe that the ontological argument for God could be understood through pure intuition, but even if he thought it…

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    Anselm’s Ontological Argument Anselm creates the Ontological argument with one primary goal. He claims to succeed in developing an argument of the existence of God without the requirement of actual proof. Anselm 's reasoning and argument only gives a mere opinion on the topic of the existence of God. He formulates a two part hypothesis consisting of: God exists and God has always existed. Anselm’s Ontological argument expresses accusations that are simply in his favor or his outlook on God. A…

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    Saint Anselm’s Ontological Argument has generated philosophical excitement reaching beyond its era and well into our times. Anselm's ontological argument purports to be an a priori proof of God's existence (The Ontological Argument 2016). Anselm starts with premises that do not depend on experience for their justification and then proceeds through pure logic to reach the conclusion that God exists. His purpose is to correct the fool who says in his heart that there is no God (Psalms 14:1). This…

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    Gaunilo responds to the Ontological Argument by saying that the argument “proves too much”. By this, Gaunilo means that the Ontological Argument could be applied to anything, not just God; even things that we know do not exist. The example that Gaunilo uses is conceiving the most perfect island than which no greater island is possible. The most perfect island must exist in reality and in the mind, because if it did not, then it would be possible to conceive of an island greater than the most…

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