You will prepare and submit a term paper on Saint Anselm’s Ontological Argument. Your paper should be a minimum of 1250 words in length. Anselm’s main aim is to address the two important features in the argument of the fool (the one denies God’s existence). The features are- the fool:
Anselm intention is to show the combination above as unstable since anyone who is led to understand the claim that God exists can also be led to see that God exists. Therefore the position is mistaken. From this point, Anselm introduces the second chapter of the Prosloguim. For the purpose of the argument, Anselm defines God as, “An absolute unsurpassable being- a being that cannot be conceivably improved upon.” This definition is credible since there cannot be a living or nonliving entity with such properties other than the Supreme Being Himself (Walz, 75).
Anselm explains that it is possible for an object to exist in an individual’s understanding and a different matter for the same to understand that it exists. For instance, people can visualize a hobgoblin in their minds but will not believe goblins to exist. In this light, Anselm applies the distinction he draws to God’s case. The fool appreciates the claims made about God, meaning that God exists in his understanding. Therefore, when the fool hears about God, he is able to understand what the same means. Likewise, what is understood exists in people’s understanding.
The heart of Anselm’s argument is that God cannot exist in man’s understanding alone. For this, Anselm contrasts between existence in understanding and existing in reality. Anselm at this point categorizes things that exist in the understanding alone (A) from those that exist both in understanding and in reality (B) and those that exist in reality but not in the understanding (C). Anselm continues that at this point, the atheist concedes already that God exists in his understanding so that the matter can be classified as belonging to A or B.