An Argument On An Ontological Argument Essay

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NO THANKSGET THE APP Philosophy Essay #2 Beverly Perez Dr. Jacob Tuttle PHIL 1880-21 // MWF3-4PM 04 December 2015 An ontological argument tries to show that God exists by appealing only to truths of reasons, which can be known apart from observation. This is what Anselm attempts to do. Anselm first starts by establishing that God is the greatest possible being that can be imagined, acknowledging that God exists in the mind. Based on this his argument can be stated with the following premises: It is a conceptual truth that God is the greatest possible being that can be imagined. (God exists as an idea in the mind.) A being that exists as an idea in the mind and in reality is, greater than a being that exists only as an idea in the mind. Thus, if God exists only as an idea in the mind, then we can imagine something greater, but we cannot imagine something that is greater than God. Therefore, God exists. Premise number one is Anselm’s conception of God. Premise number two is a logical truth, again according to Anselm. Finally, premise number three simply follows from the previous two premises. In short, Anselm’s thinking behind his argument is “because a supreme being exists in the understanding, it must exist in reality.” He defends his argument by comparing a non-existent “something” with an existent “something”. An existent “something”, says Anselm, is greater than a non-existent “something”. If God were non-existent, then we could imagine a God greater than he, namely an

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