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ST ANSELM OF CANTEBURY (1033-1109)

Proslogion - translates as 'Discourse on the Existence of God' ALL USEFUL QUOTES: Within this, Anselm defined God as: 

'aliquid quo nihil maius possibit' i.e.'that than which nothing greater can be thought' 

Book of Psalms states: 'The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God" (Psalm 14:1, 53:1)

'and what he understands is in his understanding; although he does not understand it to exist.' - Anselm, Proslogion 2, 1077-8

Argues that God is 
'something than which nothing greater can be conceived'

'there exists, therefore beyond doubt something than which a greater cannot be imagined both in the understanding and in reality' - Anselm, Proslogion 2, 1077-8 

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ST ANSELM OF CANTEBURY (1033-1109)

ALL QUOTES WITHIN HIS ARGUMENT:

'Therefore, Lord, not only are You that than which nothing greater can be conceived but You are also something greater than can be conceived.' Anselm, Proslogion 2, 1077-8

'no one who understands what God is can conceive that God does not exist'

'Nor do I seek to understand so that I can believe (intelligre ut credam), but rather I believe so that I can understand (redo ut intelligam).' Anselm, proslogion 1, 1077-8 

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