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It would be impossible to hold the conception
of God in this manner, and yet deny that He exists in reality.
The argument was criticized by one of Anselm's contemporaries, a monk
named Gaunilo, who said, that by Anselm's reasoning, one could imagine a certain
island, more perfect than any other island...
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If this island can exist in the
mind, then according to Anselm, it would necessarily exist in reality, for a
'perfect' island would have this quality. But this is obviously false; we
cannot make things exist merely by imagining them.
Anselm replied, upholding his argument (in many, many words) by saying
that they are comparing apples and oranges...
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