Manual of natural theology by George Park FisherManual of natural theology by George Park Fisher

Manual of natural theology

byGeorge Park Fisher

Paperback | January 17, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos or missing text. Not indexed. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1893. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... NOTE THE ONTOLOGICAL AKGUMENT This is an argument respecting the force of which there is a wide diversity of opinion. It professes to prove the being of God from the idea of God. It is presented by Anselm of Canterbury substantially in this form: We have, and cannot but have, the idea of a most perfect being--of a being a greater than whom cannot be conceived. This being actually exists: otherwise we could conceive of a being with all Ms perfection with the superadded property of existence. That is to say, we could conceive a being more perfect than the most perfect. Gaunilo, the monk who debated the question with Anselm, urged that if the argument were valid, then to imagine the most beautiful island is tantamount to proving its existence. In the same spirit Kant remarks that the conception of one hundred dollars is very different from having one hundred dollars in one's pocket. The reply of Anselm to Gaunilo was in effect this, that the conception of a perfect island is an arbitrary, artificial notion, whereas the conception of the most perfect being is necessary. It is objected that existence is not an element in the concept, that the sum of the attributes is the same whether the idea has an object corresponding to it or not. To this it has been replied that it is necessary existence--self-existence--which enters into the idea of the most perfect being--that is, not mere existence, but a mode of existence; and that this is a property or element in the concept. The intuition of the Absolute appears to embrace what the Anselmic argument attempts to cast into a syllogistic form. Anselm's proof has been defended by Hegel. It is not rejected by Flint, "Theism" p. 279, and is considered valid by Shedd, "History of Doctrine," vol. i., p. 238. Another proof of ...
Title:Manual of natural theologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:24 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:January 17, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217863124

ISBN - 13:9780217863124