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St. Anselm and Gaunilo

1. According to St. Anselm, what are the two “types” of existence? Of the two types, which is “greater”?

2. How does St. Anselm try to use the two “types” of existence to prove that God (“than which a greater cannot be thought”) exists?

3. What is Gaunilo’s reply to St. Anselm on behalf of the fool? What major point does he try to make with the Lost Island story? What is another objection he makes to St. Anselm’s arguments?

4. How does St. Anselm try to respond to Guanilo’s objections? Is he successful? Why or why not?