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Anselm of Canterbury
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Anselm’s Ontological Argument in the “Proslogion,” attempting to prove the existence of God, hinges on his definition of God as “something than which nothing greater can be thought of” (Anselm, 359). This definition of God as the ‘greatest’ mandates a conception… God “cannot be even thought of as not existing” (Anselm, 360). Having made the existence of God a…
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St. Anselm / St. Aquinas - ontological/cosmotological argument
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The ontological argument is a philosophical debate and one of the most strangest and debated of the proofs. Philosophers like Immanuel Kant and G.W.F.… The proof is based on the conception that God is a perfect being. The ontological argument points out the following: iii. The argument says that if something exists in our understanding then there are chances…
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The Existence of God Presented by Anselm and Aquinas
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Aquinas presents an argument that there are entities in the globe that are in motion. This implies that things are transforming and that what is in motion ought to have been set in motion by one more thing that is already in motion. The grand Catholic thinker, theorist, and… The most vital objection to the Aquinas argument is that except people recognize that…
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Atonement in the views of Anselm and Abelard
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This definition already indicates some of the peculiarities of the subject. Calling theology an intellectual discipline involves the claim that theology has… suggests a kinship with a whole range of varied scientific enterprises designated by similarly formed words—geology, psychology, topology, and the like. Nevertheless, the fact that there are also…
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The Existence of God: Theories of Thomas Aquinas and St. Anselm
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Subject: Philosophy Date: March 25, 2012 Topic: Discuss Thomas Aquinas's criticisms of the view that God's existence is self-evident. The Existence of God: Theories of Thomas Aquinas and St. Anselm Thomas Aquinas, a Dominican Monk (1225-1274) has argued two theories for the non-existence of God with inherent contradiction.… If God is there, how does he permit…
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The Ontological Thesis: Anselm, Kant, Descartes and a Touch of the Buddha
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This study shall discuss the thesis that God, being that than which no greater can be conceived, must exist, for if he did not then it would be possible to conceive of an existent God, which would be greater than that which no greater can be conceived, which is absurd.… From this research it is clear that ontology includes the fundamental questions of being,…
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Philosophy
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Anselm was an Italian monk who later became the Archbishop of Canterbury. He was an avid philosopher since he studied most of Boethius’ commentaries of which he cited most of them in his own works. He published a book which proved to be one of his most famous works. The… Indeed, since God is a superior being and invisible, it has been tough for any religion to…
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St. Anselm's Ontological Argument
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College Date Anselm’s Ontology Anselm was a great theologian who later became a bishop. He is recognized for his deeply rooted ontological argument in proving the existence of God despite growing forces that criticized his ontology. To Anselm, it is not possible to think of anything else above a certain end from which all things seem converge.… That is,…
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Medieval Philosophy
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Professor Name: Date: Medieval Philosophy Celebrated Twelfth century theologian, intellectual, writer and philosopher Saint Anselm has devised the Ontological argument in his methodology while explaining and interpreting his spiritual thoughtfulness.… Consequently, idea about God can only be conceived and imagined, instead of seeing the countenance of the…
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Preservation of Justice as the Power to Rightness
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Name: Course: Date: Preservation of Justice as the Power to Rightness The concept of will is a central theme in Anselm of Canterbury’s entire philosophical context. The freedom to choose in Anselm’s philosophy is central in determining the rightness of such will.… In the fall off the devil, Anselm says the angels that did not fall are free, and yet cannot sin.…
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Sacred Power
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Anselm asserts that when the fool claims that God does is not real; the fool denies the existence of God. At least the fool has this thought of the Perfect Being in his perceptive. Anselm then… He wanted to know what he believed. On the other hand, Laozi asserts that the most significant thing people can do in life is to have a state of quiet awareness.…
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Lay investiture
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THE LAY INVESTITURE: POPE VS. KING Insert name Name of course Name of the supervisor Date THE LAY INVESTITURE: POPE VS KING Lay investiture controversy was the most profound conflict between state in medieval Europe and the church. Several popes opposed the powers of European kings over control of investitures of church officials such as abbots and bishops.…
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Great Works of Western PhilosophyDiscuss Thomas Aquinas's criticisms of the view that God's existence is selfevident
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The problem of evidence as for the existence of a supreme entity or God has baffled the Western theologians, thinkers, scientists and philosophers since times immemorial. Various theologians and philosophers have extended ontological and theological arguments as for the existence of God.… There is no denying the fact that though both of them were believers,…
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Medieval Philosophy
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Celebrated Twelfth century theologian, intellectual, writer and philosopher Saint Anselm has devised the Ontological argument in his methodology while explaining and interpreting his spiritual thoughtfulness. He applies the same logical technique in order to define the existence of God.… In his illustrious Proslogion, Anselm longs for seeing the holy face of…
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Does God exist
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The existence of God is a question that has been proposed for thousands of years and continuing debate with huge number of people from both sides of dispute. Most cultures and societies from inception had an idea of a Supreme Being that controlled all things and all activities… Fundamentally, Anselm seeks to provide a priori proof, which is to negate the view…
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Anselm's ontological argument
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It is fairly easy to infer that the question of God’s existence has been posed from the moment man speculated about the origin of life, or perhaps questioned the purpose of existence. In modern times, various answers have been provided, but have mostly failed to satisfy… Whereas ancient Greek philosophers, such as Plato and Aristotle, hinted at the existence…
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Hum final
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This particular conception since then became the focal point of philosophical discourses in the medieval period. But, even in the contemporary times the issue of… As such, let us look into one of the more intriguing argument pertinent to the existence of God. St. Anselm is one of the leading theologian-philosopher during the medieval period. He provided us…
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The existence of god
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Name Date Course Section/# Anselm’s Ontological Argument for the Existence of God and Three Philosophical Critiques Every culture and religious grouping has its own divine being associated with defined powerful roles. This implies that there is more to human life than the material world that surrounds us.… In this way, the analysis will seek to provide a…
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The ontological argument for God's existance
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Running Head: THE ONTOLOGICAL ARGUMENT FOR GOD'S EXISTENCE The Ontological Argument for God's Existence (Name) (Subject) (Name of Professor) (Date) I. Introduction In order to be saved and see light, the truths of Christianity should be known. The Word of God, or the Bible, is used to impart the truth to the people who walk in darkness so as to free them.…
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The ontological argument for God's existance
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The Word of God, or the Bible, is used to impart the truth to the people who walk in darkness so as to free them. Unfortunately, in this skeptic and materialistic world, it is a challenge to preach… However, it is also helpful to be well-versed with the philosophical and theological writings of Church members. Most of these writings of Christian philosophers…
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Philosophy
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It was to assess the reliability of the faculties that an individual possesses that Descartes made use of an unusual method in the form of exaggerated doubt. By such an evaluation Descartes attempted to discard as unreliable any use of the senses that had the remotest chance of… Yet though the senses are faulty the fault lies in the details about the objects…
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Gaunilo's argument from Anselm's point of view
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Date. Ontological arguments seek to make us understand that God exists. We do this through reason: conceiving and not observation. The first ontological argument was proposed by St. Anselm of Canterbury. The outline of his argument goes like this; God exists because we cannot imagine another greater being than God and this we believe in our mind.… Gaunilo, a…
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Consciosness in Human Behavior - Ryle and Nagel
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Platonic dualism provides human experience with moral value, Cartesian dualism supplies humans with confidence. Affirm or deny this proposition. Dualism, for both Plato and Rene Descartes, implied that the mind and the body would be different and distinct entities.… The ‘thing’ that was there on earth was thus, not a real one, since it was a mere shadow that…
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Judaism
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Jews and Christians both use the Bible as their book of reference and source of authority and also worship the same God. Judaism… Although Jews resemble Christians in many ways, they are not confined to pray or worship in one area or room like the Christians. They believe that God dwells among people and not in a specific place. In addition to that, Jews are…
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Philosophy - God's Existence
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It rouses passion on both sides of the divide and theists and atheists have amassed a formidable array of reasons to support their respective… In either case, belief in the existence/non-existence of God is the prime motivating force behind the manner in which we choose to lead our lives. Arguments for the existence of God are generally categorized into the…
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