Friday, November 6, 2015

A Voice from the Past - Anselm

Since there are goods so innumerable, whose great diversity we experience by the bodily senses, and discern by our mental faculties, must we not believe that there is some one thing, through which all goods whatever are good?

Anselm, 1033-1109, Monologium, Chapter 1, (Prologium; Monologium; An Appendix  on Behalf of the Fool by Gaunilon, and Cur Deus Homo, translated by Sidney Norton Deane, Open Court Publishing Co., 1926, p. 41)

Does this position make sense? Does the existence of good in the world imply an ultimate source for good?


  1. I guess one's answer to your question is rooted in the definition of good.

    1. It does. Though I think there are some kinds of good that most people at least can agree on.