The Natural World Is Based On The Existence Of A Benevolent God

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According to Descartes the natural world is based on the existence of a benevolent God; Descartes’ argument discusses the natural world by using doubt, which then hones into the works of mind and body dualism. In comparison to Descartes view of the natural world, Spinoza’s work is solely based upon one ‘Universal Substance’ which is otherwise known as ‘Nature’ or ‘God’. This substance is also regarded to hold all attributes and essences in the whole world, thus making it infinite. I argue that both philosophers share certain similarities in which their arguments on the natural world corresponds to their accounted beliefs in God having all “perfections”. Although, through viewing both Descartes and Spinoza’s philosophy I feel Locke would debate in responding that both philosophers lack ’experiences’ to prove their works on the natural world and God; especially Spinoza’s debate. Furthermore I believe that Locke would applaud Descartes use of knowledge and abstraction in sorting out his ideas on identities, God, and the link between existence and the truth.

Used as a foundational point to build knowledge, Descartes ignores his beliefs and validity in hopes to rid himself from false opinions. By using doubt as a methodological tool to aid his search for certainty, Descartes believes trust should not be fully committed into our own senses as they can be deceiving. This radical form of doubt enables individuals to understand Descartes’ ‘First Meditations’, as they aid his…

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