November 30, 2014
1. What do you believe to be the most important aspect ofAnselmâ’s ontological argument for the existence of God? Why?
The ontological argument is a claim about the existence of God basedon the reason but not the physical facts about His existence. Suchnotions are also called priori arguments as been evidenced bythe Anselm’s ontological arguments. Anselm starts with argumentsthat do not entirely depend on the experiences but proceeds to give apure conclusion that there is existence of God. His main objectivesare to inform the fools who argue that there is no God based on twoassumptions. He wanted them to understand the claim of God’sexistence, as well as their beliefs. Anselm’s ontological argumentis important in making someone to understand the existence of Godsince it recognizes those refuting such claims. This is because theatheists are not mistaken to refute the claims but only inconsistentinternally.
2. In the debate over universals would you take the side of therealist or the nominalist? Why?
I would take the side of nominalists side. Itis because it provides an individual to deny or support the existenceof universals or abstract objects through predictive criterion. Assuch, it gives the philosophers a chance for everyone to have anindependent opinion of whether to believe or deny the existence ofany objects in space and time. Nominalism is opposed to realism,which provides a view that universals exist above and overparticulars in the world.1
As such, I sides with the nominalistsperspectives, where one holds that only the physical objects exist intime and space are real. On the other hand, the nominalists provide aclear and understandable fact that universals only exists inparticular things.
Loux, Michael J. Metaphysics a Contemporary Introduction.3rd ed. New York: Routledge, 2006.
1 Loux, Michael J. Metaphysics a Contemporary Introduction. 3rd ed. New York: Routledge, 2006.