This week is Anselm's theory of the existence of God, and it's too big for here, so just the first part:
Everything exists on a conceptual level, even if it's not real. If I say the word "unicorn" you know what I mean even though they don't exist, because you can conceptualize a unicorn the same way other people do.
There's a corollary to the theory that it's possible for things we cannot imagine to not exist, because they have not been conceptualized, and it's also possible for things to exist in reality that we do not know about yet to conceptualize.
(this would be a good time to take the advil)
My question this week: since we can conceptualize the idea of things we have not imagined, does that count as conceptualizing them in theory, and, in essence, mean that everything exists whether we've thought it yet or not?
No answers in class yet, have to wait and see what shows up over the weekend.
Answer by metalcowgirl34 at 5:19 PM on Sep. 17, 2009
So you're saying something cannot exist unless it's thought of first? That the thought brings it into existence?
Answer by IhartU at 12:48 PM on Sep. 17, 2009
Answer by NotPanicking at 12:52 PM on Sep. 17, 2009
Answer by deadheadjen at 1:36 PM on Sep. 17, 2009
Answer by bi-polarmommy at 2:37 PM on Sep. 17, 2009
I have been waiting to see someone give a brilliant answer. I gave up trying to come up with one of my own.
Answer by Cinnamon-mom at 3:11 PM on Sep. 17, 2009
Answer by mogencreative at 3:13 PM on Sep. 17, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 3:13 PM on Sep. 17, 2009
Answer by mogencreative at 3:16 PM on Sep. 17, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 4:05 PM on Sep. 17, 2009
Next question overall
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