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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Thus Anselm takes it to be obvious that freedom is a power for something: So it seems intuitively obvious to Anselm that if God is to be that than which nothing greater can be thought, he must be eternal.

Nor, because it was, or is, or shall be, has any part of its eternity therefore vanished from the present, with the past, which no longer is; nor does it pass with the present, which is, for an instant; nor is it to come with the future, which is not yet. De grammatico —60De veritateand De libertate arbitriiand De casu diaboli — The previous Archbishop, Anselm’s old master Lanfranc, had died four years earlier, but the King, William Rufus, had left the see vacant in order to plunder the archiepiscopal revenues.

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This motto lends itself to at least two misunderstandings. For, whatever object the mind, either through representation of the body or through reason, desires to conceive of truly, it at least attempts to express its likeness, so far as it is able, in the mental concept answlm.

But, since it cannot but be that those things which have been created live through another, and that by which they have been created lives through itself, necessarily, just as nothing has been created except through the creative, present Being, so monollogion lives except through its preserving presence.

A Companion to the Study of St. Yet, anything that is true cannot exist without truth. Therefore, truth existed before truth existed, and truth will exist after truth shall be ended, which is a most contradictory conclusion. The second was his treatment of original sin. 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.

The Monologion Arguments for the Existence of God

If, monllogion, that through which these natures are so great is another than that which they are, then, certainly, they are less than that through which they are so great. The argument in the Proslogionthen, seeks monolobion relate simplicity to the intuitive considerations that identify what is greatest and best with what is stable, monologiob, and unchanging; the argument in the Monologionby contrast, seeks to show that simplicity is necessary if God is to be—as the theistic proofs ansepm already established—the ultimate source of his own goodness and existence.


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Therefore, the supreme Nature does not exist, as a monokogion, in individual places at different times. So they would not have ansdlm the power for self-initiated action, which means that they would not have had free choice. In chapter 3 Anselm argues that all existing things exist through some one thing. For instance, what derives existence from matter, and exists through the artificer, may also be said to exist through matter, and to derive existence from the artificer, since it exists through both, and derives existence from both.

For, either it is to be understood that it exists as a whole at once, in all places or at all times, and by parts in individual places and times; or, that it exists as a whole, in individual places and times as well.

From the mid-8th century, it had become customary that metropolitan bishops could not be consecrated without a woolen pallium given or sent by the pope himself. Again, since there is no good, nor anything at all without it; if this Being itself exists nowhere or never, then nowhere or never is there any good, and nowhere monooogion never is there anything at all.

Whether, however, any are so included, I refrain from inquiring; since it is sufficient, for my purpose, that undoubtedly none of these, taken by itself, describes the substance of the supreme Nature. What can and what cannot be predicated of the Supreme Being substantively. Anselm’s reply to this question is both subtle and plausible.

Such rectitude requires that agents perceive the rectitude of their actions and will them for the sake of that rectitude. But it is evident that in no wise does anything exist through nothing. Wikiquote has monoologion related to: But if it exists in the understanding, it must also exist in reality.

It seems, then, that by participation in this quality, that is, justness, the supremely good Substance is called just.

What three the Supreme Being can in some respect be said to be. For since, as our reasoning showed us not long since, that which exists through itself, and through which all other things exist, is the highest of all existing beings; either conversely, monolpgion which is the highest exists through itself, and all others through it; or, there will be more than one supreme being. But, if in any way it derives existence from nothing, it does so through itself, or asnelm another, or through nothing.

If in a certain way monologiob present time contains every place and all the things that are in any place, likewise, every time is encompassed in the eternal present, and everything that is in any time.

Hence, although it monologioon clear that the being that were created were nothing before their creation, to this extent, that they were not what they now are, nor was there anything whence they should naselm created, yet they were not nothing, so far as the creator’s thought is concerned, through which, and according to which, they were created. It is in accordance with their wish, rather than with my ability, that they have prescribed such a form for the writing of monoloion meditation; in order that nothing in Scripture should be urged on the authority of Scripture jonologion, but that whatever the conclusion of independent investigation should declare to be true, should, in an unadorned style, with common proofs and with a simple argument, be briefly enforced by the cogency of reason, and plainly expounded in the light of truth.


Hence, if no expression of any object whatever so nearly approaches the object as that expression which consists of this sort of words, nor can there be in the thought of any another word so like the object, whether destined to be, or already existing, not without reason it may be thought that such an expression of objects existed with apud the supreme Substance before their creation, that they might be created; and exists, now that they have been created, that they may be known through it.

For, of all the facts, called accidents, some are annselm not to be present or absent without some variation in the subject of the accident — all colors, for instance — while others are known not to effect any change in a thing either by occurring or not occurring — certain relations, for instance. For if he were not, we could conceive of a being greater than he.

But what can be more obviously contradictory, than that what exists most really and supremely exists nowhere and never? Who, for example, is unable to think. We are confronted, then, by the former alternative, that is, how the supreme Nature can exist, as a whole, in every individual place and time. First, many philosophers have taken it to mean that Anselm hopes to replace faith with understanding.

Anselm’s Monologion

As all things were created through the supreme Being, so all live through it. And this truth is clearly seen from the fact that this Nature exists through no other than itself, whatever there be that is good or great. And since there can be nothing supremely great except what is supremely good, there must be a being that is greatest and best, i. For, to what has not been, and is not, and will not be, then can be no word corresponding.

A letter survives of Anselm responding to Lanfranc’s criticism of the work. Catholicism portal Pope portal.