Reat Works of Western Philosophy:Discuss Thomas Aquinass criticisms of the view that Gods existence is self-evident

Topic:
Discuss Thomas Aquinass criticisms of the view that Gods existence is self-evident. Explain how
Aquinass criticisms apply to Anselms ontological argument for the existence of God. Then, using one
(and only one) of Aquinass own proofs as an example, show how Aquinass approach to proving Gods
existence differs from Anselms. Comment critically on whether or not Aquinass approach constitutes
an improvement over Anselms. Argue for your position.



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” Include only material that is relevant to your aim.
” Be selective in what you choose to report from the articles referred to in the topic. Use your
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Your opinion is only as important as the reasons you can give in its defense.
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illustrating points you have already encapsulated in your own words.
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” A separate Works Cited list is unnecessary if your only sources are the articles mentioned in the
topic. However, any use of outside sources must be properly documented and included in a Works
Cited list at the end of the essay. Please note that consultation with outside sources is unnecessary
for this essay, and may even prove to be a distraction.