Ontological Argument Essay

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Explain and critically assess one version of the ontological argument for the existence of god (this can be the existing version, the composite version presented in the lecture or your own version) 1500 The ontological argument is one that is self-explanatory. In defining god as the greatest being, one is saying that that alone is proof of God’s existence in the logic that the idea of god is out-done by the actual existence of god. Therefore by saying that God is the greatest being in this world and any other is a lesser extension of proof that God exists in this world and any other. The basis of the ontological argument is that God is a necessary truth, deriving from nothing but an analytical way, a priori and a necessary premise that God exists. The logic behind the ontological argument is that there is no proof or evidence needed to justify the existence of a God in this world or any other possible world. The argument itself is described as a Priori one as opposed to a posteriori one. A posteriori argument is an argument that needs and experience or evidence to justify the grounds it stands on, a degree of research is necessary to excuse the argument. However the ontological argument of God’s existence is a priori one. This constitutes a statement that is established of certain characteristics that depend on themselves rather than external or extended proof thus being self-explanatory and somewhat and infinite argument that explains itself over and over again. In terms of the existence of God, as a priori argument it holds itself up because of its definition of God. It was Anselm that postulated the argument first. He was the Archbishop of Canterbury and in the second chapter of his book ‘proslogion’ he aimed to show that the existence of God was logically necessary. The method he used to demonstrate this truth was by reducing it to its absurdity and

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