The Ontological Argument

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What did Anselm say about God?
He is that than which nothing greater can be conceived
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Why did Anselm believe God is necessary?
It isn't possible for Him to not exist
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How did Descartes describe God?
As a 'supremely perfect being'
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What is a predicate?
What something does or doesn't have
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What is existence in a perfect being?
A predicate (Descartes)
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What did Descartes say about triangles?
Part of a triangle is having 3 sides and you can't think of them without having three sides and the same can be applied to God- you can't think of him not existing
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Why did Gaunilo believe Anselm was wrong?
It doesn't mean God exists if you cannot think of anything better than Him
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Explain what Gaunilo meant when he spoke about islands
You can think of a perfect island but it doesn't mean it exists- just because you can think of a perfect being it doesn't mean that exists
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Why did Kant oppose Descartes?
You can think about triangles not existing and you can also do the same with God
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Why did Kant believe that existence is not a predicate?
It doesn't tell you anything about Him- doesn't fit
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Why did Anselm believe God is necessary?

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It isn't possible for Him to not exist

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What is a predicate?

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What is existence in a perfect being?

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