Leitmotif

Reason as the Leading Motive

To make the point clearer:

Posted by Jerry on June 23, 2005

A concept is an integrated, subsuming whole that describes an entity… it could be thought of as a genus, while a definition could be considered as differentia within the genus.

Thus, the concept GOD could include all of say, W, X, Y, and Z. Now, among all that we understand the concept of God to be, we believe that there is nothing greater than the concept of God. Thus, we already know that the differentia W, X, Y, and Z are all the greatest, best, perfect, and ultimate ideas that represent God. In other words, Y is part of the concept of GOD and is understood to be perfect. Y is perfection manifested in God. Thus, the argument follows: God should have W, X, Y, and Z, and all of those should be perfectly in God. Because they are perfect and manifested in God, like Y is perfect and manifested in God, God should have Y; just like He has W, and X, and Z.

That is the essence of the circularity of Anselm's Ontological Argument.

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