Ideas of Anselm, by Theme

[Italian, 1033 - 1109, Born in Aosta, Italy. Archbishop of Canterbury under King William II of England. Died at Canterbury.]

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3. Truth / A. Truth Problems / 1. Truth
Anselm of Canterbury identified truth with God
28. God / B. Proving God / 2. Proofs of Reason / a. Ontological Proof
Even a fool understands the concept of God, but he must accept that the concept needs real existence
Only things with beginnings or ends or parts can be conceived of as non-existent
To qualify as the correct concept, God cannot even be thought of as non-existent, and so God is necessary
A perfection must be independent and unlimited, and the necessary existence of Anselm's second proof gives this
The requirement of necessary existence applies to the unique supreme idea, but not to an island
The fool in Psalm 52 can only deny God's existence because he hasn't grasped the idea's full meaning
28. God / B. Proving God / 2. Proofs of Reason / b. Ontological Proof critique
Anselm's first proof fails because existence isn't a real predicate, so it can't be a perfection