These arguments intend to determine God’s existence mostly through logic and non-aligned to experience. Anselm’s argument is founded on the belief that God exists in the mind, and thus it is probable for God to exist in reality. According to this claim, something that exists in the mind and can also possibly exist in reality is something greater than it is (Malcolm, 1960). In this case, Anselm contends that God cannot only exist in the mind, but it is possible that he also exists in reality since God is the greatest possible thing. However, there are some other philosophers, including Immanuel Kant, who object this argument, disputing facts about the existence of God.
2001 p. 180). To fully understand Anselm’s argument, a series of steps needs to be understood. The first step towards understanding Anselm’s argument is that one must first accept the fact that God is the greatest possible being. The second fact or point to note is that God exists in the human mind or understanding. The third point, step, or fact to accept is that if God exists only in the human mind, then God is not the greatest possible being (McGrath & OverDrive, Inc. 2001 p. 180).
For apple is not something that contains greater reality than him, the cogito, he might be the originator of this idea regardless of its actual existence as represented in his mind. However, the idea of God as an ultimate being has many qualities in his mind, such as omniscience, omnipotence, infinity, and being the creator of everything. Considering God’s qualities, we can say that they have more representative reality than anything else including Descartes. Then, how could the idea of God in his mind be explained when we consider the principle that something must come from a cause with at least the same level of reality? In other words, how does Descartes have in his mind the idea of God as an ultimately perfect mean if he is a being less perfect than God?
In this part, according to Neal (1990) “he is not interested in merely the existence of God, but in the sheer necessity of God's existence”. Anselm begins by stating that God cannot be conceived not to exist. He continues by arguing that “that than which a greater cannot be conceived (God)”, cannot be conceived not to exist, as being ‘conceived not to exist’ is ultimately less perfect than being ‘conceived to exist.’ This essentially boils down to the fact that ‘existing’ as a concept is more perfect that ‘not existing’, which leads Anselm to the conclusion that God must exist in reality. The alternative would exist of a being greater than God, who would ascend above God and pass judgement over him, and since God is the most perfect conceivable being, this is impossible. This argument is realised as
Over the years many philosophers have questioned the existence of the universe. These questions have lead to individual interpretations and theories as to how, who or what created the universe in which we live in today. Many philosophers use the cosmological argument to account for the existence of the universe. Cosmological arguments are a posteriori arguments, meaning that it is based on the experience of the world around us. Two of the best known cosmological arguments came from Thomas Aquinas and Gottfried Leibniz.
Was Plato trying to show what an ‘unjust’ city would look like? Why would he do that? The analysis and discussion of Plato’s ‘just’ city opens new doors about Plato, himself, and his intentions. From this analysis on the city’s short comings, one can spring more and more ideas about his ‘republic’ and his ‘ideals’ forever. This one analysis is only a small interpretation, or perspective of a small portion, or passage of The
That means 2 God is greater than 1 God and 3 God is greater than 2 God and so on. So it can be simply disproved. Also imagine a God of God which is greatest thing that God can be imagine then that becomes the supreme thing than God and this scenario will be continue this is happening because of fault in the logic used in this statement.
These three philosophers present their own arguments about the existence of God. One philosopher Thomas Aquinas present the better argument in one’s opinion because he argues that everything that has breath must have a creator and this is the only thing that makes sense of what these philosophers say. God does exist not for what these three philosophers say but God exists for the faith of what the Bible says. Anselm’s argues that he is supposed to seek God with his whole heart, but how can he seek someone he has not seen. Anselm argument is about God’s existence, comparing God’s, existence of a painting.
If God exists only as an idea in the mind, then we can imagine something that is greater than God. Therefore God exists. Most of the argument for existence of God rely on at least a posteriori obligation. Ontological arguments attempt to point that we can guess God’s existence form so to speak, excellent definition of God. Anselm provided the first ontological argument for the God’s existence.