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Bonaventure Scoops Malcolm

Norman Malcolm famously argued that Anselm developed two versions of the ontological argument for God’s existence in his Proslogion, the first of which (in  1,286 more words

Review: What Sort of Human Nature?

Medieval analytic philosophy gets to the heart of the problem:  If Christ has two natures, one of which he assumed as a human nature, and if he is consubstantial with us in our humanity, yet our nature is sinful, how is Christ not sinful?   349 more words

Book Review

Anselm: On Truth

“Since we believe that God is truth…” is the famous opening of St. Anselm’s treatise on truth.  Anselm was an 11th century Catholic philosopher and cleric in England, and one of the cross pollinated Catholic thinkers whom Anglicans, at least historically, liked to claim as their own.  2,558 more words

Philosophy

Review Thomas V Morris Idea of God

This is a toned-down version of his Logic of God Incarnate and in many ways it is just as powerful and more accessible..  With the exception of his take on foreknowledge and eternity, I whole-heartedly recommend this book. 505 more words

Book Review

Spinoza's Ethics and Two Versions of the Ontological Argument

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Spinoza, through his use of the principle of sufficient reason (henceforth PSR), eliminates many dichotomies that he concludes are unjustified, brute facts. This occurs both in the ‘anthropocentric’ portions of the ethics (Part II and following), most notably his rejection of the Cartesian Intellect/Will duality, and in his universal metaphysics in Part I, in which he rejects the Cartesian idea that two different substances constitute thought and extension. 3,496 more words

Philosophy

Anselm's Unbelievers

To what end did Anselm write his Cur Deus Homo, and what convictions are presupposed in its ideal reader? The answers to these questions are intertwined. 483 more words

How to write and publish in the Middle Ages: Eadmer and St Anselm

We moderns easily forget that the medieval texts we read in manuscript or in print are the result of a complex process of composition; that writers didn’t just ‘pen’ words and sentences as they came to them; that we are not the only ones to struggle on the agonising road from ‘idea’ to ‘final draft’. 1,393 more words