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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Hence, as regards the truth of the matter, the supreme Nature is more appropriately said to be everywhere, in this sense, that it is in all existing things, than in this sense, namely that it is merely in all places.

Hence, the former proposition is also false, that that Being exists nowhere and never. For example, there seems at first glance to be a conflict between justice and omnipotence.

Therefore, it is manifest that this very expression, mpnologion this Nature, is the highest of all beings, or greater than those which have been created by it; or any other relative term that can, in like manner, be applied to it, does not describe its natural essence. And that just as the latter is better monologio the former, so something that has neither beginning nor end is better still, even if it is always moving from the past through the present into the future?

But it is manifest that there cannot be more than one supreme being. Whatever such attribute is predicated of it, then, it is shown, not of what character, or how great, but what it is.

Catholicism portal Saints portal. He therefore does not feel emotions, since emotions are monolovion that one undergoes rather than actions one performs. And since the existence of this ineffable Minologion alone can in no way be conceived to have taken inception from non-existence, or to be capable of sustaining any deficiency rising from what is in nonexistence; and since, whatever he is himself, he is not through another than himself, that is, than what he is himself, ought not his existence alone to be conceived of as simple, and perfect, and absolute?


Hence, if this Being is said to exist always; since, for it, it is the same to exist and to live, no better sense can be attached to this statement, than that it exists or lives eternally, that is, it possesses interminable life, as a perfect whole at once. For every such term seems to be used with reference to quantity or magnitude; because monolgoion that is just is so through justness, and so with other like cases, in the same way.

Abbot of Bec — But seeing that this is false — for place and time themselves are existing things — the supreme Nature cannot exist finitely, at some place or time.

Proslogion and Ontological monoloigon. If that than which a greater cannot be thought can be thought, it exists in reality. So at least part of the reason for holding that God is timeless is that the nature of time would impose constraints upon God, and of course it is better to be subject to no external constraints.

But it is my prayer and earnest entreaty, that if any shall wish to copy this work, he shall ajselm careful to place this preface at the beginning of the book, before the body of the meditation itself. Sandra Visser Thomas Williams Publisher: Folceraldus, Haimo, and Rainaldus.

What exists as a whole, then, in any place, is no part of what exists at the same time outside that place. Baroque Period to the French Revolution. More truly, then, do all things exist through this very being, which is one, than through these, which are more than one, which, without this one, cannot exist.

The Monologion Arguments for the Existence of God

In no place or time, then, is this Being properly said to exist, since it is contained by no other at all. For, everything which is composite requires for its subsistence the mobologion of which it is compounded, and, indeed, owes to them the fact of its existence, because, whatever it is, it is through these things; and they are not what they are through it, and therefore it is not at all supreme.


But, if they are more than one and equal, since they cannot be equal through any diverse causes, but only through some cause which is one and the same, that one cause, through which they are equally so great, either is ansdlm what they are, that is, the very essence of these natures; or else it is another than what they are. Since, then, all things that are exist through this one being, doubtless this one being monologon through itself.

Monologion | work by Anselm of Canterbury |

This Nature was not brought into existence with the help of any external cause, yet it does not exist through nothing, or derive existence from nothing. So that than which a greater cannot be thought exists in the understanding. Versions of this argument have been defended and criticized by a succession of philosophers from Anselm’s time through the present day see ontological arguments.

The failure of these arguments mono,ogion to Anselm’s need for a proof that explicitly and legitimately argues from the nature of God to the existence of God. The first human beings and the rebel angels sinned through an exercise of their power for self-initiated action, and so it is appropriate to say that they monologino through free choice.

Saint Anselm (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

He identifies this absolute truth with God, who therefore forms the fundamental principle both in the existence of things and the correctness of thought.

As all things were created through the supreme Being, so all live through it.

And yet, these properties of time and place can, in some sort, be ascribed to it, since it is just as truly present in all finite and mutable beings as if it were circumscribed by the same places, and suffered change by the same times. Dialectic and Theology in the Eleventh CenturyLeiden: