Ontological Argument

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Anselm's first ontological argument

God is the greatest possible being which can be thought of 

God may exist in the mind alone or in reality

Something which exists in reality and in the mind is greater than something that exists as an idea in the mid alone 

Therefore God must exist in reality and in the mind

Even an atheist can define God as even the suggestion that there's no God requires the concept of God

- Something that really exists is bound to be greater than something that just exists in thought

- If, by Anselm's definition, there is no being greater than God, He must exist in reality as well as in thought, because if God just existed in thought, we would be able to think of something greater as it would exist in reality

Gaunilos Response

"Would this argument not also prove the existence of anything 'perfect'?"

- Someone proposes the most perfect island

- Since it is perfect, Gaunilo argued that Anselm was saying that it must exist

- Since part of the perfection Anselm ws arguing about included existence, the island must exist, otherwise even the most grottiest island would be better than the imaginary one

Anselm wasn't arguing about temporal, contingent things such as the island rooted in time and space,


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