Anselm's Other Argument

2015.10.20 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews A. D. Smith, Anselm's Other Argument, Harvard University Press, 2014, 235pp., $49.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780674725041. Reviewed by
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2015.10.20 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews A. D. Smith, Anselm's Other Argument, Harvard University Press, 2014, 235pp., $49.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780674725041. Reviewed by John Marenbon, Trinity College, Cambridge A. D. Smith's study is about three different versions of Anselm's so-called Ontological Argument, the second and third of which are considered at length. The first, discussed more fleetingly, is the traditional form of the argument, as proposed by Anselm in Chapter Two of his Proslogion. Even the Biblical Fool, who denies God's existence, understands the phrase 'That-than-which-nothing-greater-can-be-conceived (abbreviated henceforth, as by Smith, to 'G'). G therefore exists in his intellect. But suppose G did not also exist in reality; then something greater than it could be conceived, which did exist in reality, leading to the contradiction that that-than-which-nothing-greater-can-be-conceived is. . .

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