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God's Existence Can Be Proven a Priori

“God’s existence can be proved a priori” Discuss Trying to prove that God exists is a difficult argument and many people have tried many different ways. The Ontological argument is one argument; at the centre of the argument is the concept of existence. The Ontological argument has been argued from a group of philosophers for the existence of God. "Ontological" means talking about being and so that being is the existence of God. The ontological argument differs from other arguments in favour...

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Descartes Proofs Of God S Existence

Descartes’ two proofs of God's existence. Descartes uses the proof ‘Meditation III’ to explain God’s existence. The proof is given via reasoning, which begins by describing how he comes to such a conclusion. Descartes does this by mentally closing himself from the general public, ignoring hearing, sight, and the remaining of his senses as he deeply looks and depends upon himself. This state gives him the opportunity of making an introspective look at the existence of God, with no influences from...

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Introduction to Philosophy

University of Central Asia Existence of God Thomas Aquinas, Rene Descartes Sydykova Aizirek Introduction to philosophy Beishegul Alieva 11.03.2013 There are different questions of reality. Each man on the earth wants to know some things obviously, but there are some of them which people cannot obviously prove, for example how world was created, existence of God, what morality, justice, knowledge is and...

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The Gaunilo Argument

first to raise objections to Anselm’s idea that God exists by definition, claiming within “On behalf of the Fool” that Anselm’s argument was not logical and needed to be discredited. Gaunilo famously claimed that Anselm’s conclusion that the non-existence of God is “unintelligible” cannot show that God necessarily exists. Firstly, Gaunilo argued that the “fool” character featured in Psalm 53:1 may have been referring not only to God but to any number of other things that do not exist in reality. Gaunilo...

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the mind game

been any rock solid proof that God does or does not exist. It is my opinion that the strongest argument for his existence is Saint Thomas Aquinas “The Existence of God” argument when compared to Saint Anslem “The Ontological Argument” and William Paley’s “Natural Theology” design argument. In my paper, I will argue for the existence of god based on Saint Thomas Aquinas’s “The Existence of God”, Saint Anslems’s “The Ontological Argument”, and William Paley’s “Natural Theology” argument. St. Thomas...

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Cosmological argument

came up with five demonstrations for the existence of God and is known as the ‘five ways’. The five ways are: argument for an unmoved mover, argument for an uncaused causer, argument from contingency, argument from gradation and argument from teleology. It is the first three that support the cosmological argument to explain the existence of God. Aquinas believed that the universe is God’s creation and therefore the evidence we need to prove God’s existence can be found in the creation using intellect...

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include the dreams, desires, worries and concerns that the human beings wanted to realize in the future which made them forget to live in the present – in the magical now. According to Eckhart Tolle, the so-called future has no actual existence. The only existence we call future has existed in our head. If there is a future, then somebody must have found it. Future is a conceptual thing only. We can only appear now – no such thing as future; it is a thought. This is the so-called the “mental label”...

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Strength and weaknesses of ontological argument

Gaunilo in his book In Behalf of the Fool (making reference to the fool in the book of psalms who didn’t believe in God). While Gaunilo was a firm believer in God (and was in fact a monk), he disagreed strongly with Anselm’s method for proving his existence. His problem is with the strand of Anselm’s argument which is put forward in Chapter Two of Proslogion. While Anselm claimed that the God, who is defined as perfect, must exist because an existent God is better than a non-existent God meaning that...

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Discourse on Descartes Skeptical Method

Sebastian Gumina Paper Topic #1 Descartes’ Skeptical Method Descartes’ method offers definitive conclusions on certain topics, (his existence, the existence of God)but his reasoning is not without error. He uses three arguments to prove existence (His and God’s) that attempt to solidify his conclusions. For his method to function seamlessly, Descartes needs to be consistent in his use of the method, that is, he must continue to doubt and challenge thoughts that originate in his own...

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Art of Living

why people are living? Why we exist? Why do all these stuffs are here on earth? There are lots of questions filled up my mind yet I found no answer. I can’t think enough for these, I need answers; I have to know what is really the reason of one’s existence. I am very much sure that in millions or billions of people who are living, it’s not only me who became curious on this matter. Many of us are wondering but only few have really the intention to know. Knowledge on self exists; but sincere seekers...

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