The Ontological Argument: Anselm.

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  • The Ontological Argument: Anselm.
    • Athiests:
      • Argued that even Athiests must have a definition for God, even if it is just about his existence.
        • God therefore exists in the mind.
    • Definition of God: "that than which nothing greater an be conceived"
    • Proof of Existence.
      • Things that exist in reality are greater than things that just exist in the mind.
        • e.g £100 in the mind vs. £100 in reality.
      • Nothing greater can be concieved than God, therefore God must exist in reality.
    • Proof of Necessary Existence.
      • There is no possibility of God not existing.
      • If God was contingent, then there must be something greater in control.
        • This is not possible as God is "that than ..." = must be necessary.
      • "it can be conceived that something exists that cannot be thought not to exist"

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