The “Logic” of Faith Seeking Understanding: A Propaedeutic for Anselm's Proslogion

Dionysius 28 (2010)
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In the Preface of his 'Proslogion', Anselm narrates its origin in a particular event in his life and delineates the argument of the work as a whole. In chapter 1, Anselm enacts a meditation that attempts to resolve the puzzle of his fallen-but-striving human existence. This paper argues that these opening sections of the 'Proslogion' are an indispensable preparation for understanding Anselm’s famous argument in chapters 2-4 as well as the remainder of the work, especially insofar as these sections establish the crucial pattern of thinking—the “logic” of faith seeking understanding—that Anselm employs in his treatment of God.
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