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An eternal being, by contrast, is to use my earlier description stable, uniform, and unchanging.

Southern summarized his position in this way: There is, therefore, some one thing that is supremely good and supremely great—in other words, supreme among all existing things.

Archived from the original PDF on For example, a being cantebury is capable of non-existence is less great than a being that exists necessarily. Similarly, God must be just, self-existent, invulnerable to suffering, merciful, timelessly eternal, non-physical, non-composite, and so forth.

But God is that than which no greater can be thought, so he must be omnipotent. So, for example, when Anselm went to Rome in without the King’s permission, William would not allow him to return.

Ashgate Publishing, Burlington, VT. Critical Edition Schmitt, Franciscus Salesius, But if free choice is the power to hold on to what is fitting and expedient, and it is not the power to sin, does it make any sense to say that the first human beings and the rebel angels sinned through free choice? More probably, Anselm intended his “single argument” to include most of the rest of the work as well, [] wherein he establishes the attributes of God and their compatibility with one another.

If they are equals, they are equals through the same thing. Secondary Literature Baker, Lynne Rudder, Sympathetic interpreters such as Klima have offered ways for Anselm to respond, but at least one commentator Wolterstorff argues that Anselm offers no such rejoinder, precisely because he knew Gaunilo’s criticism was unanswerable but could not bring himself to admit that fact.

Saint Anselm

Since God gave them both wills, however, they had the power for self-initiated prosllgion. As he tells us in the preface to the Proslogionhe wanted to find a single argument that needed nothing but itself alone for proof, that would by itself be enough to show that God really exists; that he is the supreme good, who depends on nothing else, but on whom all things depend for their being and for their well-being; and whatever we canterbiry about the divine nature.


As such, it must be the highest good and, further, “that which is supremely good is also supremely great. By contrast, if something is in no way constrained by confinement in a place or time, no xnselmo of places or times forces it into a multiplicity of parts or prevents it from being present as a whole all at once in several places or times.

Cur Deus Homo “Why God was a Man” was written from to once Anselm was already archbishop of Canterbury [25] as a response for requests to oroslogion the Incarnation. This page was last edited on 31 Decemberat For other saints, see Saint Anselm disambiguation.

Anselm tries to resolve this apparent contradiction by appeal to God’s goodness.

Justice to sinners obviously requires that God punish them; but God’s justice to himself requires that he exercise his supreme goodness in sparing the wicked. His idea seems to be that if God were in time or in a placehe would be bound by certain constraints inherent in the nature of time or place.

He restored to Canterbury all the churches that had been seized by William or during Anselm’s exile, promising that nothing more would be taken from them and even providing Anselm with a security payment.


Anselm of Canterbury

In DV 12 Anselm connects rectitude of will to both justice and moral evaluation. When William was killed inhis successor, Henry I, invited Anselm to return to his see. For instance, William Viney renders the second argument as follows:. If God is just, he will surely punish the wicked as they deserve. So they would not have had the power for self-initiated action, which means that they would not have had free choice.

Urban refused but commissioned him to prepare a defence of the Western wnselmo of the procession of the Holy Spirit against representatives from the Greek Church. We must have some independent way of identifying them before we can plug them into the ontological argument and generate a full-blown conception of the divine nature. Anselm defends poslogion by showing how we can form a conception of that than which a greater cannot be thought on the basis of our experience and understanding of those things than which a greater can be thought.


Henry was forced to make further concessions.

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Jasper Hopkins’s homepageincluding links to the Hopkins-Richardson translations of Anselm’s complete theological and philosophical treatises, as well as some essays on Anselm. Thus Anselm canterburu the Monologion with these words:. So by the principle just stated, these things must be good through some one thing.

Catholicism portal Book Prosllgion. Thus Anselm takes it to be obvious that freedom is a power for something: By doing so they abandoned the will for justice and became unable to will justice for its own sake. Meanwhile, Anselm publicly supported Henry against the claims and threatened invasion of his brother Robert Curthose.

While at Bec, Anselm composed: So it turns out that omnipotence actually entails the inability to lie. Clearly that thing is itself a great good, since it is the source of the goodness of all other things.

Saint Anselm (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Views Read Edit View history. Visser, Sandra, and Thomas Williams, So if that than which a greater cannot be thought can be thought — that is, if it is a possible being — it actually exists. While there is 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. Therefore, the truly aanselmo possible being must necessarily exist.

History of Catholic theology. Anselm wrote nearly surviving letters Epistolae to clerics, monks, relatives, and others, [] the earliest being those written to the Norman monks who followed Lanfranc to England in