Essay on Descartes ' Ontological Argument For God

784 Words Feb 16th, 2016 4 Pages
In this paper, I will be examining Descartes" ontological argument. I will begin with an explanation of the argument. I will next seek to establish that the argument relies upon the epistemic criterion that Descartes has laid out for himself I will consider several questions about the nature of the argument and the properties of some of the premises. Descartes seemed to believe that the ontological argument for God could be understood through pure intuition, but even if he thought it unnecessary, he provided two different versions of the ontological argument. The first version goes thusly: Descartes believed that anything that one could perceive clearly and distinctly as belonging to the idea of some thing was true of that thing. He believed that he could clearly and distinctly perceive that existence, even necessary existence, was contained in the idea of God. Since he could clearly and distinctly perceive of necessary existence in the idea of God, God must necessarily exist '. The second version of the ontological argument offered by Descartes is a bit more of a traditional rendition. Descartes maintained that he had an idea of a supremely perfect being, a being that contained any and every possible perfection. One of the possible perfections contained by this supremely perfect being is necessary existence. So, if this being is supremely perfect, then it contains the property for necessary existence. Men call this supremely perfect and necessarily existing being God.…

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