2010 Student Research Conference:
23rd Annual Student Research Conference

Fides Quaerens Intellectum: Finding Meaning in Anselm's Proslogium for All Seekers
Stephanie B. Hulsey
Dr. Patricia Burton, Faculty Mentor

Many people read Anselm's Proslogium as an ontological proof of Gods existence. Therefore, they believe that Anselm is trying to unequivocally prove to them that God exists. This is a misconception. First of all, Anselm works from the premise of Fides Quarens Intellectum, or faith seeking understanding. Under this premise, one must start with faith, which may be unrelated to religious tradition, in order to understand anything about the world. Secondly, Anselm is not trying to prove Gods existence to the non-believer. His work is a journey that he hopes will lead him to a greater understanding of his own faith. Because of this, Anselms work can be approachable and valuable to any seeker of truths, including a non-theist. Ultimately, if one shares Anselms epistemic attitude, engaging with his work may help one reach a deeper understanding of ones own foundational beliefs.

Keywords: Anselm, Proslogium, medieval, philosophy, proof, ontologial, fides quaerens intellectum, faith

Topic(s):Philosophy & Religion

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 22-1
Location: MG 2090
Time: 9:30

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