The Ontological Argument. Anselm vs. Descartes

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Laura Stifter


Among the rational arguments for God’s existence there is the ontological argument, originally put forth – in its classical form – by the scholastic theologian andphilosopher Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109) and subsequently reiterated, in slightly altered versions, by some of the modern thinkers. The present paper aims to outline a comparative presentation of the ontological argument as formulated by Anselm and Descartes, respectively, and to investigate the ways in which the two Christian philosophers perceived the relationship between faith and reason, between unconditional acceptance of divine Revelation and its expression in the terms of discursive thinking.

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STIFTER, Laura. The Ontological Argument. Anselm vs. Descartes. Annals of the University of Bucharest - Philosophy Series, [S.l.], v. 65, n. 2, feb. 2017. ISSN 0068-3175. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 24 june 2018.