Descartes’ Proof of the Existence of God
Rene Descartes, the father of philosophy, used his writings in Meditations on First Philosophy to delve into the pit of skepticism. In the first two Meditations one is fascinated by his proofs and his finding the version of the cogito, or his nature, only to find their selves confused and not fully satisfied when it comes to his proof of the existence of God in Meditation III. Two factors cause this sudden change in the view of Descartes’ argument; one is that the proof is more complicated than in the earlier meditations. The second reason is that we live in an age where people are skeptical about giving proofs on the existence of God because then faith would be useless.
The intention of this paper will be to examine Descartes’ proof of the existence of God and to critique his argument, pointing out some of the difficulties and problems that arise from his theories.
Using his methods of doubt and analysis, he has examined all his beliefs and set aside those which he could call into to doubt until he reached a belief that he could not doubt. That belief is that the evil genius could not trick him into thinking that he did not exist when in fact he did. Descartes has also de
DESCRATES PROOF OF THE EXISTANCE OF GOD
Descartes starts his proof by dividing thought into categories, namely ideas, volitions, and judgments. Having making this distinction between different levels of thought, Descartes attempts to figure out which of these thoughts can have errors. Descartes believed that an idea could not have error and that error could only occur in judgment on whether or not the idea is true or false. He also comes to the conclusion that volitions cannot have error because what we desire or choose is our own personal preference and can be neither wrong nor right.
After being forced to read through all of his explanations one would think that his reasoning of God’s existence would be more hard hitting. You cannot help but to believe that he just threw in the explanation of God just because of the time period he lived in. How could he doubt mathematics, something that could be scientifically proven and not doubt God. Had Descartes lived in our time I believe he would have probably sung a different tune. Not only do I think that his proof of existence of God was staged to protect himself from the tyranny of the Roman Catholic Church, it was false anyways. Descartes believed that existence is superior, so God must exist because he is conceived as the Supreme Being. This is no
Some topics in this essay:
Existence, Ontology, Mind, Metaphysics, Epistemology, Rene Descartes, Thought, René Descartes, Plato, Roman Catholic Church,
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