Descartes’ Proof that God Exists

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Descartes' Proof that God Exists
To support his claim that God existed, Descartes first posited that he himself existed and this is where I think he has a flaw in his argument. Even if Descartes could prove that he himself existed, and he didn’t do that initially, he does describe the concept of God’s existence as an idea.
Descartes presupposes that if a person was to have an idea of something, then that thing must exist for the idea to be present. I don’t think that logic rings true and my reasons for that include the concepts of creativity and innovation; both of which I propose are ideas about things that don’t exist. But before I outline that argument I want to present a few ideas from other philosophers that support my contention....
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.....ued is also false in that because of our own imperfection we might instead be looking at the idea of another imperfect being that is simply more perfect that we perceive ourselves – and without that perfection the proof that God exists disappears. I have also argued that it is not necessary to perceive a perfect being to have ideas about things that don’t exist. Our creativity and inventiveness again prove that argument false.
In conclusion I would contend that if God did exist then under Descartes argument he would not be a perfect being, but instead a muse or an artist that loves his job.
References
Dawkins, R. (2006). The God Delusion. London, UK: Bantam Press
Russell, B. (1946/2000). History of Western Philosophy. London, UK: Routledge.