Descartes ' Argument On The Existence Of God Essay

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“Something which is more perfect – in other words, that which contains more reality in itself – cannot be made from that which is less perfect.” (Meditation III)
How does Descartes use this principle to prove the existence of God? Does his proof work?”

Descartes’ Meditations attempts to establish what is known without certainty by the strategy of doubt. He expresses the “Causal Principle” in order to prove the existence of God, i.e. that the idea we possess of a God could only exist if God created that idea himself. In this essay I will give an understanding of how Descartes came to his proof of the existence of God. I will present the argument that this proof does not work, as I believe the premise of the idea of an infinite being requiring an infinite cause to be untrue, therefore Descartes’ argument for the existence of God can be found to be unsound.

Descartes’ first argument on the existence of God uses the “Causal Principle”. Descartes introduces this by defining what an idea is; “Some thoughts are like images of things, and the term ‘idea’ applies in a strict sense to them alone: for example, when I think of a person, a chimera, the sky, an angel, or God” (Descartes, 2003: 32). Descartes conveys this concept by asserting that ideas are not true or false, and the things of which the idea is an image of does not necessarily have to exist. Descartes then proceeds to implicate that we have reason to believe that our ideas can be innate, fabricated, or acquired by…

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