Descartes Ontological Argument For The Existence Of God

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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
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Gassendi argues that existence is not how Descartes views it, but instead is not a property, and therefore not a part of the essence – contrasting Descartes argument.
“Instead of you going on to compare existence with existence or a property with a property, you compare existence with a property”. Gassendi argues from the this quote, and further explains, that existence is a serious concept and that to him, if we talk about something being perfect, then we could be supposing it exists, as opposed to it being in existence in reality. Furthermore, another criticism of his argument for the existence of God puts doubt into whether or not he is entitled to use the argument that he does.
“You cannot infer that the existence of God is anything actual unless you suppose that the supreme being actually exists; for then it will actually contain all perfections, including the perfection of real

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