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Proslogium/Monologium/Cur Deus Homo/In Behalf of the Fool
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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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
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.
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
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....more
Enter the inner chamber of your mind; shut out all thoughts. Keep only thought of God, and thoughts that can aid you i
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
Jul 06, 2016 Krista Dominguez rated it really liked it · review of another edition
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
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
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