Present and explain Anselm’s ontological argument (key concepts, important disti


Present and explain Anselm’s ontological argument (key concepts, important distinctions, pattern of reasoning, etc.). Don’t merely discuss Anselm’s argument; but show me the argument, work it out, walk me through the argument in a step-by-step fashion. Next, explain Gaunilo’s lost-island objection to Anselm’s argument. You’ll find a check list below for all the subtopics that you should discuss in your paper.
Further, do not quote anything verbatim from my PowerPoint slides or from the reading materials, everything that you type must be in your own words, or points will be deducted. You must make some use of William Rowe’s article, so be sure to anchor your usage of Rowe’s article to a bibliographical component, such as a works cited page, etc. Your essay should contain at least 6 quoted passages or references to passages, etc. Chicago style, MLA, etc.?? It doesn’t matter. Footnotes or endnotes?? It doesn’t matter. The choice is yours.
Finally, number all the subsections in your essay in accordance with the list provided below, starting with subtopic #1 and ending with subtopic #12. Just follow the checklist and be sure to number all your paragraphs or paragraph sections accordingly. Subtopic check list repeated below:
(1) Discuss the general purpose of Anselm’s argument, why he valued the argument and what potential it might have.
(2) What kind of a demonstration for the existence of God is Anselm’s argument supposed to be, a priori or a posteriori?
(3) What is Anselm’s definition of God?
(4) Discuss Anselm’s distinction between existing in the understanding alone vs. having existence in both the understanding and in reality. Provide examples.
(5) Anselm viewed the quality of existing-in-reality as a perfection. What does this mean?
(6) Briefly explain the rationale or justification behind the strategy of reductio ad absurdum?
(7) Present Anselm’s argument, don’t just describe or characterize it. Show me and walk me through the argument.
(8) Explain Anselm’s distinction between the two different ways in which something can be said to be conceived. Why is this distinction so important for Anselm’s argument?
(9) How does Anselm continue the argument to show that God is a necessary being, an entity that cannot be conceived not to exist?
(10) Discuss Gaunilo’s Lost Island objection. What is the point of Gaunilo’s argument?
(11) Briefly discuss Anselm’s rejoinder to Gaunilo.
(12) With whom do you most agree and why?
(13) The paper must have the standard compositional format of introduction-body-conclusion.
(14) There must be a bibliographical component, with citations, quotations, a “works cited” page, etc. There should be at least 6 citations, i.e., directly quoted passages, allusions to passages, etc.
(15) Also, you must make use of the article by William Rowe, entitled “An Analysis of the Ontological Argument,” which starts on page 98 in the 6th edition of the textbook.
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