Gaunillo's criticism of the ontological argument

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The ontological argument is a priori as it is not based on experience or observation, it is known prior to experience. It is not deductive as it is not probabilistic but gives a certain conclusion. It is also analytical as its truth depends on the meaning of God including something about God’s existence.

Guanillo was a philosopher who criticised this argument. This was not because he did not believe in God, because in fact he was a theist but more on the terms that it is not a convincing argument for atheists thus he offered a response on behalf of the fool.

Firstly, he stated that by Anselm turning a definition into reality he is creating an absurd argument


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