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The Ontological Argument
ANSELMS ONTOLOGICAL ARGUMENT
Proslogion argument for the existence of God
Analytic - a proposition or statement that is incoherent to doubt (e.g. a triangle has
three sides)
Fools say in their hearts say "There is no God" ­ Psalm 14:1
Ontos ­ being
Logos ­ study of…

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GAUNILO'S ARGUMENT
On behalf of the fool
Necessary existence is `unintelliginle'
You cannot define things into existence ­ 1st argument
Gaunilo's island: imagine the perfect island that can be conceived, while it can be
conceived it doesn't mean it exists; the same applies to Anselm's argument

Anselm's Response
God is…

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KANT: EXISTENCE IS NOT A PREDICATE
All statements regarding existence are synthetic and need to be verified

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