Existence of God
Descartes’ Third Meditation focuses on the existence of God. He describes God as ‘a certain substance that is infinite, independent, supremely intelligent and supremely powerful, and that created me along with everything else that exists – if anything else exists’ (Descartes, 25). In this Meditation, he states a fundamental principle that ‘there must be as much [reality] in the cause as there is in its effect’. This is the question of the existence of infinity when he has just proven only his own finite existence, which is to have the ability to prove that such a being can exist. A quick review is also done of Meditation One where the existence of God must be taken out of the corporeal world, and of Two where Descartes only knows that he himself exists and doubts the existence of everything else. Then we can continue to analyze Descartes argument of an infinite being. This review will only breeze by the Meditations only to focus on the existence of God. Descartes’ argument proving the existence of God is undeniable in a way that he has used logic and his search for truth as proof. The Meditations were carefully structured that before he can talk anything about God, his First Meditation stated the undependability of our senses which is our primary source of ‘facts’. Throughout history, people have believed that God has created everything. In shutting out the senses, to the world around us, the universe, the cycle of life, the corporeal world in its entirety, and to doubt that it even exists; it creates doubt in God’s own existence. We ignore any physical proofs that have given awe and pure faith to others, something that can be treated as blind belief in a powerful creator. Descartes forces us to look beyond what we see to know as truth. In the Second Meditation, he then questions his own existence where he concludes that he is a ‘thinking thing’. ‘I think, therefore I am’. He proves his own existence...
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