The second topic discusses the ontological argument for god's existence and the third matter involves getting to the route to perfect knowledge in this meditation, descartes distinguishes between two things the essence and the existence. Descartes' ontological (or a priori) argument is both one of the most fascinating and poorly understood aspects of his philosophyfascination with the argument stems from the effort to prove god's existence from simple but powerful premises. The likelihood of a supreme being creating earth and judging the deeds of humankind has been a topic of debate since the dawn of humanity atheists frequently state the fact that there is no factual proof that god is real is itself the evidence that no such being exists. Here are some of the most fascinating and provocative philosophical arguments for the existence of god defended by none other than rene descartes a computer simulation run by hacker gods. One of the most fascinating arguments for the existence of an all-perfect god is the ontological argument while there are several different versions of the argument, all purport to show that it is self-contradictory to deny that there exists a greatest possible being thus, on this general line of.
For a more detailed exposition of the trademark argument for god's existence, read cottingham, descartes (blackwell, 1986), ch 3 some questions to consider about meditation iii (1) how well does descartes support his apparent premise that every thinker has an idea of god, innate within us. Rene descartes' belief in god is not based on atheistic principles, but on blasphemy as seen from the way he investigates god's functions hilst examining descartes' belief in the existence of god, it establishes that descartes does not dispute the existence of god, but has a different opinion (parallel from the religion. This argument, made famous by rene descartes, has a kinship to the ontological argument it starts from the idea of god but it does not claim that real being is part of the content of that idea, as the ontological argument does.
To asses the strengths of the ontological argument for gods existence, we firstly need to understand what it entails the ontological argument looks at proof 'a priori', which is analytical truth, reason based proof. Descartes' proof for the existence of god and its importance in meditations on first philosophy, descartes describes his philosophical quest to find absolute, certain knowledge. The existence of god has always been an arguable topic descartes' however, believed that he had proof of god's existence through an intense analysis of the mind throughout this paper i will discuss what he has provided as proof and some of the complications that arise throughout his argument.
- descartes' trademark argument for god's existence the trademark argument (also known as the causal argument) tries to prove gods existence through the fact that we have an idea of him this argument rests on descartes' definition of cause and effect, which he considers a priori. Descartes' however, believed that he had proof of god's existence through an intense analysis of the mind throughout this paper i will discuss what he has provided as proof and some of the complications that arise throughout his argument. Descartes is a philosopher who believes that he has proven the existence of god first, we will review how descartes proved the existence of god second, we will see if there are some problems presented in the proof. The existence of god is a subject of debate in the philosophy of religion and popular culture a wide variety of arguments for and against the existence of god can be categorized as metaphysical, logical, empirical, or subjective.
René descartes was born on 31 march 1596 in the small town of la haye in the touraine region of france (which, for this reason, was renamed la haye-descartes in 1802, and subsequently, in 1967, simply descartes. In the third meditation, descartes states two arguments attempting to prove god's existence, the trademark argument and the traditional cosmological argument although his arguments are strong and relatively truthful, they do no prove the existence of god.
There are, however, other problems with descartes' arguments for the existence of god the ontological argument is particularly faulty ontological arguments are common in the history of philosophy. In analysis of descartes position, the observation is made that the basis of his argument is causal reasoning this is shown when he suggests that there must be a cause of the idea of a perfect god and that this perfect idea must come from god himself. Levering, citing the analysis of thomas joseph white, argues for the importance for believers of an inquiry into rational demonstrations of god's existence: far from threatening to make divine revelation redundant, the demonstrability of god's existence makes revelation all the more desirable and urgent. Some key arguments from meditations iii-v i third meditation: the existence of god a cosmological proof of the existence of god in the 3rd meditation, descartes attempts to prove that god (i) exists, (ii) is the cause of.