This page features a collection of the best resources on St. Anselm. Just to be clear, there is no single best resource on Anselm. The best one will depend on your preferred learning style and the amount of time you want to spend learning about him.
To get started, simply choose one of the links below:
If you want a comprehensive overview of Anselm:
- Read the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on St Anselm. However, you should keep in mind that the Stanford Encyclopedia in often quite technical and this article may be difficult for beginners. It’s also quite long at around 6000 words. Here’s a short excerpt that introduces St Anselm:
“Saint Anselm of Canterbury (1033–1109) was the outstanding Christian philosopher and theologian of the eleventh century. He is best known for the celebrated “ontological argument” for the existence of God in the Proslogion, but his contributions to philosophical theology (and indeed to philosophy more generally) go well beyond the ontological argument. . . .”
If you’re looking for a somewhat shorter and more engaging introduction:
If you’d prefer a video introduction:
If you prefer audio and podcasts:
- Listen to A Canterbury Tale: Anselm’s Life and Works by the History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps podcast [19:38 mins]
Unfortunately, there’s only so much you can learn by using free online resources. If you want to learn more, check out this list of the best books on St Anselm.
For more introductory philosophy resources and reading lists check out this collection of Resources and Reading Lists.