Saint Anselm gives an ontological argument for the existence of God which employs the
definition of God as “that than which no greater being is conceivable.” How
does the argument go? Discuss. Then explain one of the objections that we
discussed in the lecture or drill and how it poses a problem for Anselm’s
1.God is , by definition, the greatest conceivable being.
2. God exists at least in the understanding ( we understand this definition)
3.A god that existed in reality would be greater than one that existed merely in the understanding.
4.Suppose that god doesn’t exist in reality, but only in the understanding
5.Then we could conceive of a being greater than god, namely a real god.
6. But then we could conceive of something greater than the greatest conceivable being.
7. Since that is a contradiction, the supposition(4) must be false
8. Therefore god exists in reality as well as the understanding I.e., god exists
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