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Rene Descartes in his Discourse of the Method begins with the problem of showing and proving his own existence, but later in the reading changes the problem and it is concentrating on proving the existence of God. The first time that I thought to myself that this reading is probably about something else than proving his own existence was where the author started talking about perfection. The author defined God as “something that truly was more perfect than I was, something indeed having perfections of which I could have any idea” (Descartes, 2010, p.16). The “surprise ending” of this reading is in my opinion a very strong thought that everyone thinks about each day. Today, we are familiar with so many different religions, but I feel like no matter what religion it is that image of God is always described as perfection. Personally, I do agree with Descartes saying that “there had to be some other more perfect being on which I depended and from which I had acquired everything that I had” (Descartes, 2010, p. 16). Each person goes through life each day and makes the right and wrong decisions, but how we feel inside about life has a lot to do with our faith and believes. The author in my opinion was very clear about the ending of this reading. Descartes concentrated mostly on convincing his reader on existence of God. Even though it seemed in the beginning that he is focused on a picture of his own existence he provided his readers with a smooth transition to an existence of God, which made me believe that this was his focus.

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Descartes, R. (2010). Discourse on the Method (Part IV). Retrieved from http://www.earlymoderntexts.com/pdf/descdisc.pdf
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