Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Anselm's Ontological Argument: A study of coherence
by Hall, Ranson G., M.A., California State University, Dominguez Hills, 2014, 63; 1526035
Abstract (Summary)

Recent resurgence in Natural Theology has provided renewed interest in the assessment of logical coherence in various theistic concepts. In St. Anselm's Ontological Argument for the Existence of God, a proper conceiving of "something-than-which-nothing-greater-can-be-thought" postulates God's existence not only in the mind, but also necessarily in reality. This argument has not been without criticism, but it seems many criticisms are contingent upon incoherence in the conceptualization of "that-than-which-a-greater-cannot-be-thought." This study seeks to properly understand, evaluate and apply Anselm's concept of "the greatest conceivable being" focusing on coherence in its conceptualization. Following from an exploration of the concept "the greatest conceivable being" this study concludes the argument is persuasive in the correct literary context which Anselm characterizes as "belief seeking understanding." The final portion of the study attempts to provide pragmatic application emphasizing Anselm's Fides quaerens intellectum in Christian experience.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hagan, William M.
School: California State University, Dominguez Hills
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Philosophy, Metaphysics, Theology
Keywords: Coherence of Theism, Maximal Being, Ontological Argument, Perfect Being Theology, St. Anselm, Theological Ontology
Publication Number: 1526035
ISBN: 9781321338874
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