Essay on Descartes ' Argument For The Existence Of God

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In Descartes’ second meditation, he offers up an argument for Defective Nature Doubt that brings forth the idea that we can’t be certain of anything we perceive being actual and real (153). Descartes thinks that there is a possibility that we are constantly being deceived due to the fact that we don’t know, with perfect certainty, where our ideas originate from (154). He tries to describe a method in order to dispel this Defective Nature Doubt by giving an argument for the existence of God. I think that the argument he gives for the existence of God is valid, yet I find it to be unsound due to the fact that a few of his premises are can easily be doubted. In order to express this opinion, I will first provide explanations of the premises and conclusions of the argument, and then I will critique the premises that I find to be inadequate in order to support my opinion that Descartes’ argument is valid but unsound. Descartes’ argument for the existence of God begins with him describing himself as a thinking thing (157). Descartes casted doubt on almost everything that he could, but one of the only things that he claimed he could be sure of was that he was a being capable of producing thoughts and ideas; he was a thinking thing (157). I believe this idea is the first premise of his argument, and it is also the base for how he will be arguing for his conclusion. Descartes needs to make this known so that he can introduce his own ideas that pertain to the credibility of the…

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