Anselm's Argument: On the Unity of Thinking and Being
Article first published online: 14 JUN 2011
© 2011 The Author. New Blackfriars © 2011 The Dominican Council.
Volume 93, Issue 1045, pages 276–291, May 2012
How to Cite
Sultana, M. (2012), Anselm's Argument: On the Unity of Thinking and Being. New Blackfriars, 93: 276–291. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-2005.2011.01420.x
- Issue published online: 10 APR 2012
- Article first published online: 14 JUN 2011
- ontological argument;
- Martin Heidegger;
- Karl Rahner;
In this article, I argue that at the root of the ‘ontological’ argument lies the notion that the idea of God is truth: in the idea of God, the meaning of the concept and the reality of the Being actually converge; the idea of God is God. After looking at a number of thinkers whose philosophical method is reminiscent of Anselm's I conclude that, while Anselm did not furnish a conclusive proof of the necessary existence of God, his argument shows how the question of the existence of God is one and the same with the question of the intelligibility and coherence of God and with the question of the intelligibility and coherence of reality.