# We don’t know that Anselm’s ontological argument is a formally valid argument. (Rest of the question is below.)?

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## Is Anselm’s ontological argument valid?

This argument seems to be valid, since the truth of the premises would guarantee the truth of the conclusion. And it also seems to be sound, since, in addition, the premises seem to be true.

## Is Anselm’s argument valid and sound?

As a result, we can see that Anselm’s ontological argument is both valid, and sound, from an examination of it’s premises. Anselm’s conclusion that God exists in reality logically follows the premises, given their soundness and validity.

## What did Anselm’s ontological argument prove?

As an “a priori” argument, the Ontological Argument tries to “prove” the existence of God by establishing the necessity of God’s existence through an explanation of the concept of existence or necessary being . Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury first set forth the Ontological Argument in the eleventh century.

## Is Anselm’s argument true?

Anselm’s argument in Chapter 2 can be summarized as follows: It is a conceptual truth (or, so to speak, true by definition) that God is a being than which none greater can be imagined (that is, the greatest possible being that can be imagined). God exists as an idea in the mind.

## Why is Anselm’s argument wrong?

Thomas Aquinas, while proposing five proofs of God’s existence in his Summa Theologica, objected to Anselm’s argument. He suggested that people cannot know the nature of God and, therefore, cannot conceive of God in the way Anselm proposed.

## What is wrong with Anselm’s argument?

While some people are convinced that God exists once they have been exposed to Anselm’s Ontological Argument, many are not. The unconvinced sense that one cannot argue for God’s existence in this way and thus that the argument’s logic is flawed. Articulating the flaw is not easy, however.

## Is the ontological argument successful?

The argument entails that any conclusive ontological arguments would contradict the very nature of God. In short, it leads to the conclusion that no ontological argument can be successful.

## Does the ontological argument succeed in proving the existence of God?

There is no real evidence to show God’s existence and some statements are poor (such as existence being predicate). Therefore the Ontological Argument is unsuccessful in proving God’s existence.

## Why is Anselm’s argument convincing?

The argument is convincing because it is logical. Although Anselm’s Ontological Argument was critiqued by Gaunilo, his argument still remains convincing. Gaunilo critiqued Anselm’s argument by replacing the concept of God with the concept of an island.

## Is Anselm’s ontological argument circular?

Since the giving of the name G was arbitrary we may recover the existential quantifier: If there exists a real godlike object, then there exists a real godlike object. Anselm’s argument is thus seen to be begging the question: it assumes that which it purports to prove. The argument is circular.

## Who criticized the ontological argument?

Kant’s criticism aims at ontological argument (1) as presented by Descartes in the fifth Meditation.

## Is the ontological argument successful?

The argument entails that any conclusive ontological arguments would contradict the very nature of God. In short, it leads to the conclusion that no ontological argument can be successful.

## Is the ontological argument convincing?

The general overall argument is convincing because it is logical to think that God is the greatest thing that can be thought of and to agree with our statement, “that than which nothing greater can be conceived” he must exist in reality.

## What are the 5 proofs of God’s existence?

Thomas Aquinas’ Five Ways to Prove the Existence of God

• The First Way: Motion.
• The Second Way: Efficient Cause.
• The Third Way: Possibility and Necessity.