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Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109) was one of the originators of medieval scholastic philosophy. This collection of his best-known philosophical works contains, among other things, the Proslogium, in which Anselm first put forward the famous ontological argument for the existence of God. Also included are Gaunilo of Maurmoutier's criticism of Anselm's argument & Anselm's rep ...more
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Eve Tushnet
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One star for the ontological argument, which even if it "works" is basically the Parmenides but less funny. Twelve stars for Cur Deus Homo, which is beautiful, weird (all beauty & all justice is balance... ok), and actually about obedience, not suffering, in spite of many later misreadings. CDH is so confident in God's tenderness toward us and the beauty of His actions. Needs to be read alongside works which emphasize the horror of the Cross, the disgrace Christ accepted in order to shatter the ...more
Lucrecia
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Es emocionante leer a una mente tan clara. La mejor demostración racional de que Dios es uno en tres personas distintas.
Noah
Sep 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, religion
Anselm takes on an interesting task to prove the existence and nature of God from pure reason alone without using any biblical texts in the first two sections. In the last he sets up a strange question snd answer session with someone where he answers questions as to why it was necessary that God became man in Christ and the nature of the incarnation. It was an interesting read, but some parts felt forced and the format of the last felt unnecessary.
Brent Buhler
I had the great good fortune of preceeding my reading of Cur Deus Homo, (Anselm of Canterbury) written about 900 years ago, by reading reading a
Julie
Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: education
Over the course of three weeks, I will be reading this book, and I would like to review all three sections, but today, I will review only the first, as that is the only part I have read so far. The Proslogium was my first introduction to Scholasticism, which is the study of all human knowledge brought together as a whole under the authority of revelation. In an age where skepticism and relativity dominate our cultures, I feel a great desire to return to a more advanced system of Scholasticism, o ...more
booklady
Apr 21, 2010 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
If I just get to read the Proslogium, I'll think I did well. The introduction is awesome! Here it is:
“Insignificant man, rise up! Flee your preoccupations for a little while. Hide yourself for a time from your turbulent thoughts. Cast aside, now, your heavy responsibilities and put off your burdensome business. Make a little space free for God; and rest for a little time in him.

Enter the inner chamber of your mind; shut out all thoughts. Keep only thought of God, and thoughts that can aid you i
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Walt
Feb 23, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Medieval Philosophy is not exactly portrayed correctly in the movies. These selected writings tried to make their thoughts and concerns more "attractive" to modern readers. Make no mistake, this is a difficult reading in philosophy; not a humorous overview of Anselm. ...more
Krista Dominguez
I am writing a research paper on the ontological argument, and so I picked up this edition of Anselm's works. The argument has piqued my interest, and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Anselm's original as well as Plantinga's version (who I believe sealed the argument against all its objectors). ...more
Emily
Sep 04, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
This was a Benedictine Monk's discourse on the existence of God. It was hard and most of it went over my head truthfully. Some parts reminded me of Psalms in the Bible,(which was appropriate as he quoted Psalms several times). ...more
Natalie Brooke
Random fact: read the Proslogium while listening to the Inception soundtrack earlier this fall. A very good combination...
shanamadele
Proslogium only. Not that I remember any of it. But just for the record.
Courtney
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Ten Great Works of Philosophy

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Mark Seeley
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first reading of Anselm after over twenty five years out of seminary. It almost like reading a prayer.
Reader2007
Nov 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This was a really good book! Unfortunately, I didn't have a chance to read it really carefully, so I would really like to go back over it again. ...more
Crystal
It was nice to read this not because I HAD to (Foundation Year program, King's College, 1993) ... but because I wanted to.

"God is that which no greater can be conceived."
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Daniel Alvers
Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anselm was a brilliant thinker with a few crazy problems.
Matt
Sep 18, 2009 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
The ultimate response to the Jehovah's Witnesses. I love Saint Anselm. ...more
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Saint Anselm of Canterbury (c. 1033 - 1109), also called Anselm of Aosta after his birthplace and Anselm of Bec after his monastery, was a Benedictine monk, philosopher, and prelate of the Church, who held the office of Archbishop of Canterbury from 1093 to 1109. Called the founder of scholasticism, he has been a major influence in Western theology and is famous as the originator of the ontologica ...more

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