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Proslogium/Monologium/An Appendix in Behalf of the Fool Gaunilon/Cur Deus Homo by Anselm of Canterbury

Proslogium/Monologium/An Appendix in Behalf of the Fool

Gaunilon/Cur Deus Homo by Anselm of Canterbury

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1903. Excerpt: ... be reconciled: (1) the assertion that if a man should speak of anyMoreBook may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1903. Excerpt: ... be reconciled: (1) the assertion that if a man should speak of any unreal objects, whatever they might be, you would understand, and (2) the assertion that on hearing of that being which does exist, and not in that way in which even unreal objects are held in concept, you would not say that you conceive of it or have it in concept- since, as you say, you cannot conceive of it in any other way than by understanding it, that is, by comprehending in your knowledge its real existence? How, I ask, can these two things be reconciled: that unreal objects are understood, and that understanding an object is comprehending in knowledge its real existence? The contradiction does not concern me: do you see to it. But if unreal objects are also in some sort understood, and your definition is applicable, not to every understanding, but to a certain sort of understanding, I ought not to be blamed for saying that a being than which a greater cannot be conceived is understood and is in the understanding, even before I reached the certain conclusion that this being exists in reality. CHAPTER VII. In answer to another objection: that the supremely great being may be conceived not to exist, just as by the fool God is conceived not to exist. Again, you say that it can probably never be believed that this being, when it is spoken of and heard of, cannot be conceived not to exist in the same way in which even God may be conceived not to exist. Such an objection could be answered by those who have attained but little skill in disputation and argument. For is it compatible with reason for a man to deny the existence of what he understands, because it is said to be that being whose existence he denies because he does not understand it? Or, if at some times its existence is denied, because only to a certain ex...