Descartes’ Two Proofs for the Existence of God


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Descartes’ Two Proofs for the Existence of God
Rene Descartes was one of the most important thinkers of the early modern era. He made many important contributions to philosophy, mathematics as well as to sciences in general (the scientific method). Among his writings is a short philosophical treatise called “Meditations on First Philosophy” in which Descartes attempts to establish what can be know for certain. This paper will analyse Descartes’ two proofs for the existence of God he provided in this book.
“Meditations on First Philosophy” consists of six meditations, written to leave an impression that they were ‘meditated’ over during the period of six days. The two proofs are presented in the Meditation 3 and again mentioned in the...
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.....hen the idea of God is in his mind “brought forth… as if it were from the store house of my mind” (Descartes 90) perfection in its many forms comes with it. There can be only one perfection, and if there is only one perfection than it can be a feature of only one idea: that of God. God’s existence is eternal and immutable, because everything else would simply be imperfect – impossible for God: “I plainly see that it is necessary that he has existed from eternity and will endure for eternity. Finally, I perceive many other features in God, none of which I can remove or change” (Descartes 90).
Works cited:
Descartes, Rene. “Discourse on method and Meditations on First Philosophy”. Trans. Donald A. Cress. 4th Ed.
/Cambridge, 1998.