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Single Idea 1420

[catalogued under 28. God / B. Proving God / 2. Proofs of Reason / b. Ontological Proof critique]

Full Idea

Anselm's first proof fails, because he treats existence as being a perfection, which it isn't, because that would make it a real predicate.

Gist of Idea

Anselm's first proof fails because existence isn't a real predicate, so it can't be a perfection


comment on Anselm (Proslogion [1090], Ch 2) by Norman Malcolm - Anselm's Argument Sect I

Book Reference

'The Existence of God', ed/tr. Hick,John [Macmillan 1964], p.51

A Reaction

Not everyone accepts Kant's claim that existence cannot be a predicate. They all seem to know what a perfection is. Can the Mona Lisa (an object) not be a perfection? Must it be broken down into perfect predicates?