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Philosophy 1305F/G
Michael Fox

Philo1305February 6 2012 Lecture 5 St Anselms Ontological ArgumentA Priori No Sense ExperienceAnselm claims that God is that which no greater can be conceivedThe Argument What is greater 1 God only in the mind OR 2 God inside and outside the mind o It has to be said that the second argument is correct because it is greater than the first o This is not saying that God is the greatest but that in agreeing with the definition one must also accept the second argument God is beyond comprehension or conceptionThis definition points to the existence of God because it encompasses every possibility variation and extension of every definitionAnselm furthers his point by stating that it is impossible for God to not exist 1 A being which can be conceived not to exist OR 2 A being which cannot be conceived not to exist o The second argument is greater than the first
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