Anselm on Truth and Goodness

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Alice RAMOS

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St. Anselm provides us with a metaphysics of the Logos, whereby things are true in relation to the Divine Intellect, or by the one first truth. This type of metaphysics has ethical implications, for the truth of man’s essence needs to be brought to completion through right action. Rectitude of the rational creature’s will is necessary for man’s doing the truth or standing in the truth. This paper shows that the actualization of man’s essence can only be achieved through the return of the rational creature to the divine Truth, which is its exemplary and final cause.

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SPECIAL ISSUE: Transcendentalism and Metaphysics of the Logos