International Journal for Philosophy of Religion

, Volume 69, Issue 2, pp 73–89

The non-Christian influence on Anselm’s Proslogion argument


DOI: 10.1007/s11153-010-9265-2

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Kendrick, N. Int J Philos Relig (2011) 69: 73. doi:10.1007/s11153-010-9265-2


This paper considers Anselm’s Proslogion argument against a background of historical events that include philosophical disputes between Christian and Jewish polemicists. I argue that the Proslogion argument was addressed, in part, to non-Christian theists and that it offered a response to Jewish polemicists who had argued that the Christian conception of God as an instantiated unity was irrational. Anselm is not trying to convince atheists that there really is a God. He is arguing that the Christian conception of God is logically coherent.



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyWheaton CollegeNortonUSA