Essays Tagged: "Anselm"

Anselm's Ontological Argument and the Philosophers

Saint Anselm of Aosta, Bec, and Canterbury, perhaps during a moment of enlightenment orstarvation-induced ... ces are made (such as Darwin'stheory of evolution). We can be sure that no such fate will happen to Anselm's OntologicalArgument (the name, by the way, coined by Kant).In form, Anselm's arguments are ... Anselm's arguments are much like the arguments we see in philosophy today. InCur Deus Homo we read Anselm's conversation with a skeptic. This sort of question-and-answerform of argumentation (dialect ...

(7 pages) 229 1 5.0 Jan/1996

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy

The existance of God

ntological argument, one aimed at understanding the existence, the essence, the being of God. Saint Anselm of Canterbury also makes the existence of God evident using the ontological proof. Following ... nts, Descartes' philosophical theory on the existence of God is clearly connected to and based upon Anselm's theory. At times, it is difficult to tell where one ends and the other begins. Descartes ma ...

(6 pages) 327 1 4.8 Sep/2002

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Religion & Faith

St. Anselm

ed in order to better our understanding of it.One of the most influential in this respect was Saint Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109). Many of Saint Anselm's ideas have endured the test of time and are ... of Saint Anselm's ideas have endured the test of time and are still influential to this day. Saint Anselm played such an important role during this time period that he has been labeled by many as the ...

(8 pages) 81 1 3.8 Nov/2002

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Religion & Faith > Christianity

The Philosophy of Religion. The God of Philosophy

the existence of God is an excellent subject for a comedy of higher lunacy", Philosophical FragmentsAnselm and Aquinas: proof through faith alone?Saint Thomas Aquinas begins his proof of the divine wi ... God in the discussion of the first cause. Therefore, God does not exist as a first efficient cause.Anselm's definition of God starts by saying that God is the greatest being we can possibly think of. ...

(47 pages) 1173 5 4.5 Nov/2002

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy

Neoplatonic Philosphers of the 11th Century the major philosophies of Anselm, Al-Ghazali, Abelard and Acquinas.

tional behind faith. During this time period we see the development of Neoplatonic Philosophies.Anselm's writings place him securely in the second group. As he follows the theories of St. Augustin ... ne very closely; he believes that man cannot be freed of sin without the help and guidance of God. Anselm sets out to offer the truth through revelation and by inspiring us to accept that revelation ...

(8 pages) 72 0 4.5 Apr/2003

Subjects: History Term Papers > European History

Describe the ontological argument with reactions and contributions made to it by individual philosophers

follows reason and not ones senses. The ontological argument is based on words and their meanings. Anselm (1033-1109), was the first philosopher to put forward the ontological argument in a logical f ... ment to prove the existence of God. His ideas and arguments are proposed in his book The Proslogian.Anselm´s approach starts by his presentation of a definition of God, "that than which nothing ...

(4 pages) 69 0 5.0 May/2003

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy

The Validity of the Cosmological, Ontological, and Teleological Arguements

of debate.The weakest of the three arguements is the ontological arguement. The Christian theologianAnselm(1033-1109) believed that we can concieve of the greatest possible being, and this becomes he ... t we are allowed to use within this arguement to prove the existence of. Gaunilo, a contemporary of Anselm believed that "one cannot concieve of the greatest possible being."1 He says that we can unde ...

(5 pages) 88 2 4.8 Jan/2004

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Comparative Philosophy & Ethics

Saints, Saint-hood, and their effect on humankind.

figure that is loved by almostevery little child in the world is derived from Saint Nicholas. Saint Anselmwas another great Saint who's workrevolutionized philosophy as we know it. Out of his life wor ... philosophy as we know it. Out of his life work he is knownbest for his argument of God's existence.Anselm was born in Aosta. In 1060 he joined the Benedictine monasteryat Bec, in Normandy. Anselm was ...

(7 pages) 63 0 4.3 Jan/2004

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Religion & Faith

What are the strengths of the Ontological Argument for God's existence

It therefore claims that if you understand what God is, then you understand that he must exist. St. Anselm, an Archbishop of Canterbury, first proposed the Ontological Argument in his book 'Proslogian ... ishop of Canterbury, first proposed the Ontological Argument in his book 'Proslogian', according to Anselm, both theists and atheists have a definition of God, if only for atheists to dismiss his exis ...

(2 pages) 76 0 2.5 Apr/2004

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy

Anselm's Logical Fallacy

Anselm attempts to prove God's existence through a well-structured and extraordinarily creative argu ... y the argument and not partisanship) who accepts the first premise is heavily persuaded to consider Anselm's conclusion. Aside from the objections presented in the book, which will not be mentioned an ... own mental devices, I will present my own objection that I developed over the course of last summer.Anselm's ontological argument for God's existence is structured as follows: (1) God is that which no ...

(4 pages) 28 1 3.0 Apr/2006

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy

Does God Exist?

ing to prove orto disprove the existence of God. One philosopher thatconfronted God's existence was Anselm.Anselm was the Archbishop of Canterbury and was a veryinfluential philosopher between Augusti ... nt for God's existence. His ontologicalargument is based on the thought of God as the highest being.Anselm's argument is different from other philosopherssimply because of it's premise. He saw a need ...

(6 pages) 103 1 3.9 Jun/2006

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy

"The Ontological Argument": Explain the traditional forms of the ontological argument put forward by Anselm and Descartes

a) Explain the traditional forms of the ontological argument put forward by Anselm and Descartes. (33 marks)The ontological argument is a deductive a priori argument that attem ... existence from logical reasoning. The first and best known ontological argument was proposed by St Anselm (Archbishop of Canterbury) in his writings 'Proslogion', however since then variations have b ... en many versions because each one begins with a different notion or definition of God.In Proslogion Anselm wrote that he wished to form a single argument that 'needed nothing but itself alone for proo ...

(6 pages) 22 0 3.0 Oct/2006

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy

St. Anselm's Ontological Argument

argument founded on reasoned, a priori premises. The first ontological argument was proposed by St. Anselm of Canterbury in the 11th. Century A.D. Anselm claims to derive the existence of God from the ... the existence of God from the concept of "something than which nothing greater can be conceived." (Anselm 78) He reasoned that, if such a being fails to exist, then a greater being can be conceived. ...

(2 pages) 65 2 5.0 Mar/2007

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy

The Ontological Argument

and is still after 1000 years very much alive today.An argument of this kind was first proposed by Anselm of Canterbury in his Proslogion created in 1077, a meditative prayer like book by the saint. ... foolish man says in his heart "There is no God"�', this is the first line of Psalm 14 and St Anselm goes on to talk about the foolish man. He goes on to discuss the Ontological Argument more (t ...

(15 pages) 95 0 0.0 Jun/2001

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy

Descartes: Ontology or Cosmology?

argument, as stated previously, is much more similar to the ontological argument presented by Saint Anselm that the cosmological argument of Saint Thomas Aquinas. In order to understand why, it is nec ... hemselves.The first argument that is going to fall under examination is the one thought of by Saint Anselm. Anselm of Canterbury lived between the time period of 1033 and 1109, was a philosopher later ...

(6 pages) 2473 0 0.0 Nov/2009

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Comparative Philosophy & Ethics

The nature of God

e sacred and all-powerful being, the heavenly oneness of greatest truth and spiritual benefits. St. Anselm of Canterbury designed the ontological argument by stating that, even a dupe can comprehend o ... e the perception of an omnipotent being of which nothing better may be formed (Palmer, 2013). Saint Anselm constantly stated that a dupe articulates the nature of this being only in his brain and thou ...

(5 pages) 2 0 0.0 Oct/2014

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Religion & Faith > Christianity