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Sandra Visser and Thomas Williams

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195309386

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309386.001.0001

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(p.252) (p.253) Epilogue

Sandra Visser

Thomas Williams

Oxford University Press

Anselm's work is thoroughly argumentative in a way that is not burdened by elaborate technical machinery. Much of his writing was done in response to a request or as a reaction against some emergent heresy. As a result, he only wrote about what he was interested in at the time. What is important to Anselm is that God creates all things in accordance with the one divine Word that is consubstantial with the One who utters it, and that creatures in some way reflect the perfect goodness that God does not merely have but actually is. Although Anselm can be disappointingly uncurious or single-minded about his own interests and impatient with what he regards as inessentials, he is a valuable interlocutor for contemporary philosophers and theologians. Though even his most sympathetic readers, will not agree with everything he says, Anselm's arguments and views almost always command respect.

Keywords:   Anselm, Anselm's arguments, Anselm's style, Duns Scotus, God

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