Essay on Analysis Of ' Descartes ' Meditations

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The role of God in Descartes’ meditations is very significant, and I believe that he is indeed entitled to use God’s existence in this way. The purpose of this essay is to set out Descartes’ main arguments of God. Firstly, I will briefly discuss a fundamental philosophical topic – how could I have been created if there were no God? Secondly, I will assess one of Descartes’ main arguments of the roots of knowledge and God’s role with this, and finally I will speak about Descartes’ ontological argument. I believe that his ontological argument is his weakest in his meditations, and so I will provide arguments against his, and then a counter argument which Descartes’ could put forward.

How do I exist? In my opinion, this is one of the most significant arguments that Descartes puts forward in his Meditations. How can he, or I, exist if there were no God? It is clear that by the time Descartes comes to write the Third Meditation, he is certain that he, Descartes, exists – but the underlying question is, how? It is clear that God plays an important part in this (Cogito) argument, because he rules out himself. Descartes suggests that if he created himself, then he would be of infinite power, and that he would have been created perfect. Yet he makes clear that he is of finite power and therefore cannot have created himself, and subsequently is not perfect. It is also not unreasonable to argue that most, if not all beings, are to a certain extent, dependent on others for their…

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