In the first chapter of the Monologion Anselm argues that there must be some one thing that is supremely good. The Monologion begins with several arguments for the existence of God, arguments at first glance Anselm’s project in the Monologion might seem rather fishy. Ratio, Intelligere, and Cogitare in Anselm’s Ontological ine Nolan – – Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association.

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Since there is no further happiness left for them to will, their will for happiness can no longer entice them to overstep the aanselm of justice.

In no place or time, that is, nowhere and never does it exist. In particular, Anselm insists that the original argument did not rely on any general principle to the effect that a thing is greater when it exists in reality than when it exists only in the understanding. Therefore that Being never was, nor will minologion. BUT, since it is established that his word is consubstantial with him, and perfectly like him, it necessarily follows that all things that exist in him exist also, and in the same way, in his Word.

Whatever things there are else then, exist through something other than themselves, and this alone through itself. And, on the ocher hand, does it not partake of accident, since even this very fact that it is greater than all other natures and that it is unlike them seems to be an accident in its case illi accidere? There is a being which is best, and greatest, and highest of all existing beings.

For it is altogether inconceivable that anything should not exist by virtue of something. The only question is how many beings occupy that highest level of all.

Or rather, let us ask neither from what time, nor to what time, it exists; but is it without beginning and without monologionn But if it does not at all exist everywhere and always, it will exist either finitely in some place or time, or in none.

Anselm of Canterbury

For, since all desire to enjoy only those things which they suppose to be good, it is natural that this man should, at some time, turn his mind’s eye to the examination of that cause by which these things are good, which he does not desire, except as he judges them to be good.


And, when it is said to be just through itself, nothing else is understood than that it is just through justness. Baroque period to French Revolution.

History of Western Philosophy. And, moreover, it does not exist through nothing, because it is utterly inconceivable that what is something should exist through nothing. For, by a like course of reasoning to that by which it has been gathered that all existing beings exist through some one being, hence that being alone exists through itself, and others through another than themselves — by a like course of reasoning, I say, it can be proved that whatever things live, live through some one being; hence that being alone lives through itself, and others through another than themselves.

NOT without reason I am now strongly impelled to inquire as earnestly as I am able, which of all the statements that may be made regarding anything is substantially applicable to this so wonderful Nature. For we express objects either by the sensible use of sensible signs, that is, signs which are perceptible to the bodily senses; or by thinking within ourselves insensibly of these signs which, when outwardly used, are sensible; or not by employing these signs, either sensibly or insensibly, but by expressing the things themselves inwardly in our mind, whether by the power of imagining material bodies or of understanding thought, according to the diversity of these objects themselves.

For if he lacked any of these qualities, he would be less than the greatest conceivable being, which is impossible. Anselm then slept, awoke returned to Aosta, and then retraced his steps before returning to speak to his mother.

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Philosophy of Religion categorize this paper. By doing so they abandoned the will for justice and became unable to will justice for its own sake. Other attributes of the supreme being – it exists eternally, is present to every other being in every time and place, without itself existing in different times and places etc. For, indeed, from the very word that we use, saying that it created them or that they were createdwe understand that when this Being created them, it created something, and that when they were created, they were created only as something.

Therefore, there is a certain nature or substance or essence who through himself is good and great and through himself is what he is; through whom exists whatever truly is good or great or anything at all; and who is the supreme good, the mohologion great thing, the supreme being or subsistent, that is, supreme among all existing things.


While there monologiob wide agreement that Anselm was personally committed to the monastic ideal of celibacysome academics such as McGuire [] and Boswell [] have characterized these writings as expressions of a homosexual inclination.

For all words of that sort by which we express any objects in our mind, that is, conceive of them, are likenesses and images of the objects to which they correspond; and every likeness or image is more or less true, according as it more or less closely imitates the object of which it is the likeness.

It is not included monooogion substances as commonly treated, yet it is a substance and an indivisible spirit. Military saints Virtuous pagan. But this is contrary to the truth already established, that it is good, or great or whatever it is at all, through itself and not through another. Therefore, this Essence is always, in every way, substantially identical with itself; and it is never in any way different from itself, even accidentally.

But, on the other hand, since it is irrefutably established, not only that it exists through itself, and without beginning and without end, but that without it nothing anywhere or ever exists, it must monopogion everywhere and always.

If God is perfectly just, he cannot lie.

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These were also unsuccessful and William was compelled to erect a series of border fortresses. But, if they are more than one and equal, since they cannot be equal through any diverse causes, but only through some cause which is one and the same, that one cause, through which they are equally so great, either is itself what they are, that is, the very essence of these natures; or else it is another than what monolofion are.

Print Save Cite Email Share. Anselm held that faith necessarily precedes reason, but that reason can expand upon faith: Further, this necessarily-existing greatest being must be God, who therefore necessarily exists. For what he expresses, he expresses by a word, and a word must belong to something, that is, it is the likeness of something.

So, for example, when Anselm went to Rome in without the King’s permission, William would not allow him to return.

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