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 …show more content…
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