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The Ontological Argument

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The Ontological argument from Anselm

Anselm’s understanding of God as a being than which nothing greater can be conceived.

  • Review or explain the difference between a priori and a posteriori by issuing set of statements. Which are proved by logic? Which by experience? Why the Ontological Argument is unusual.

  • Introduce Anselm’s first Ontological Argument step by step. Is there anything odd about this argument?

  • Philosophy of Religion: Access to Philosophy.’ (Peter Cole).

  • Have each step on PowerPoint or OHT.

  • Original texts available in ‘The Question of God’ (Palmer) as well as various Internet sites.

  • Some students may be able to access the original sources.

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