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Rethinking Anselm's arguments : a vindication of his proof of the existence of God

Author: Richard Campbell
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2018]
Series: Anselm studies and texts, v. 1.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book re-examines Anselm's famous arguments for the existence of God in his Proslogion, and in his Reply. It demonstrates how he validly deduces from plausible premises that God so truly exists that He could not be thought not to exist. Most commentators, ancient and modern, wrongly located his argument in a passage which is not about God at all. It becomes evident that, consequently, much contemporary  Read more...
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Campbell, Richard James, 1939- author.
Rethinking Anselm's arguments
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2018]
(DLC) 2018036168
Named Person: Anselm, Saint Archbishop of Canterbury; Anselm, Saint Archbishop of Canterbury; Anselm, Canterbury Erzbischof Heiliger
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Campbell
ISBN: 9789004358263 9004358269
OCLC Number: 1019738816
Description: xii, 535 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: The text of Proslogion --
The structure of Anselm's argument for the existence of God --
The first stage : being in the understanding --
The first stage : being in reality --
The transition to the second stage : deducing its premise --
The second stage : existing intensely --
The third stage : the existence of God --
The fool and his defenders --
Anselm's other arguments --
The plausibility of the premises --
The character of the argument --
The quest continues.
Series Title: Anselm studies and texts, v. 1.
Responsibility: by Richard Campbell.

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"This book re-examines Anselm's famous arguments for the existence of God in his Proslogion, and in his Reply. It demonstrates how he validly deduces from plausible premises that God so truly exists that He could not be thought not to exist. Most commentators, ancient and modern, wrongly located his argument in a passage which is not about God at all. It becomes evident that, consequently, much contemporary criticism is based on misreading and misunderstanding his text. It reconstructs his reasoning through three distinct but logically connected stages. It shows that, even if Anselm's crucial premises are sceptically interpreted, his conclusions still follow. Properly understood, this argument is not vulnerable to the standard criticisms, including Gaunilo's 'Lost island' counter-example"--

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