Descartes 's Argument For Gods Existence Essay examples

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Many people today try and find ways to explain how God exists, and that is no different from when Rene Descartes was alive. Rene Descartes was born in France but later moved to Holland where free thought was tolerated. One night, to avoid the cold, Descartes locked himself in an oven where he had a series of revelations which he claimed came from God. In this paper, I will discuss Descartes argument for Gods existence.
In argument one of his meditation of proving God’s existence, Descartes says he is going to doubt everything. He says anything that he cannot doubt would be certain knowledge. There ended up being three things left that he could not prove, each one was either less real or more real than the one that came before it. First, there was accidents, then finite substance, then infinite substance. Descartes also argues that the cause of an idea must have at least as much formal reality as the idea has objective reality. If we take this and apply it to the first three ideas he could not doubt then finite substance could cause an accident but not the other way around. Also finite substance could cause another finite substance to exist but it would be impossible for finite substance to make infinite substance exist. Therefore, since Descartes himself is a finite substance, he could not be the cause of the idea of God that he has in his head because God is an infinite substance. Descartes says that he doesn’t have enough formal reality and only an infinite and perfect…

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