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  • Descartes View On The Existence Of God
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    Upon cursory examination, one might assume that Rene Descartes is a non-believer in the existence of a heavenly being, a God that presides over humans and gives us faith. However, this is simply not the case Descartes is simply trying to destroy all of the uncertainties that have come about by the attempted scientific explanations of such a supreme being. For Rene Descartes and all of the other believers in the world, the existence of God provides a convenient answer to unexplained questions, wh...
  • Descartes Argument For The Existence Of God
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    Descartes and the Existence of God. In this paper I will be to examining Descartes argument for the existence of God. The first thing we will do is look at Descartes proof for the existence of God, and then discuss the reasons that Descartes has for proving God's existence. We will also discuss some of the consequences that appear as a result of God's existence. The last thing we will do is look at some complications and problems that exist with Descartes proof. The main problem with most of the...
  • Descartes Argument For The Existence Of God
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    The purpose of this paper will be to examine Descartes' argument for the existence of God. First we will review Descartes' proof for the existence of God. Then we will discuss the reasons that Descartes has for proving God's existence. We will also discuss some consequences that appear as a result of God's existence. Finally we will point to some complications and problems that exist within the proof. The primary problem with most religions in the world has always been that they presuppose faith...
  • Example Of The Genetic Fallacy
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    Final Exam: 3) Critically assess the use of the charge that someone has committed the genetic fallacy. Select some representative example and use that as your foil. A fallacy is, very generally, an error in reasoning. This differs from a factual error, which is simply being wrong about the facts. To be more specific, a fallacy is an argument in which the premises given for the conclusion do not provide the needed degree of support. A Genetic Fallacy is a line of reasoning in which a perceived de...
  • Humanity With Innate Ideas
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    In John Locke's Essay of Human Understanding he successfully sets the foundation for disproving the doctrine of innate ideas through the use of several refutations. Further critical scrutiny and explanation of Locke's criticisms make for a solid argument that innate ideas cannot possibly exist. Locke's strong arguments derive from empirical proofs and observations in the world around us. John Locke begins his denial of innate ideas by stating a fact: humanity has the capacity to acquire knowledg...
  • Existence Of The Void Division
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    Does the void exist? One of the main controversies in Pre-socratic philosophy is the dispute of the existence or non-existence of the void. Two groups of philosophers argue this idea. The first group, namely Parmenides, argues that the void does not exist. This is the opinion of the Monist philosophers. The other group is the atomist's who argue this thesis and believe there is a void. This group is primarily represented by the philosophers, Democritus and Leucippus. Parmenides argues against th...
  • Certain Of God's Existence
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    Descartes Views on God From reading some of his works, one might assume that Rene Descartes does not believe in the existence of a heavenly being, a God that presides over humans and gives us faith. I do not believe this to be the case. I believe that Descartes is simply trying to destroy all of the uncertainties that have come about do to inadequate explanations of such a supreme being. For Rene Descartes and all of the other believers in the world, the existence of God provides a convenient an...
  • Philosophers Study Questions
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    Originality of Philosophy Feb. 25.1997 What is philosophy? What does a philosopher really do? Questions like these can be answered in a review of Philosophy Now. What can possibly be answered... questions which have them. And what is it that philosophers study? Generally, most philosophers study questions in which there is no rational or justifiable answer. And the type of articles in the magazine are very interesting because they e lighten the reader to question the answers. Some of the article...
  • Descartes Link To Ideas And Judgments
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    The two faculties and their two separate domains of performances are Descartes link to ideas and judgments; he calls the passive operations of the intellect by the term idea and leaves the term volition to stand for the active operations of the will. A special class of volitions is the class of judgments. According to Descartes, ideas belong to the passive side of the mind-the intellect-whereas judgments inhabit the active side-the will. Moreover, Descartes thinks that there is a one-way depende...
  • Only Reality Of The Objects
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    In the "Principles of Human Knowledge", George Berkeley argues that material objects are nothing more than images within the mind. This idealism suggests that no physical non-thinking entities are real. The only reality of the objects is the image within the mind of the perceiver of the objects. For instance, objects are perceived by the senses. We then perceive or interpret our own ideas or sensations. Thus, the ideas have more reality to us than does the objects that we supposedly perceive. Ne...
  • Existence And Infinite Perfection Of God
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    Descartes' meditations are created in pursuit of certainty, or true knowledge. He cannot assume that what he has learned is necessarily true, because he is unsure of the accuracy of its initial source. In order to purge himself of all information that is possibly wrong, he subjects his knowledge to methodic doubt. This results in a (theoretical) doubt of everything he knows. Anything, he reasons, that can sustain such serious doubt must be unquestionable truth, and knowledge can then be built fr...
  • Existence Of A Non Deceiving God
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    Why does Descartes think he can be sure that a God who is no deceiver exists Are his arguments convincing Descartes considers himself to be sure that there is a non-deceiving God by using two different arguments in the Meditations: the so-called trademark argument, and the famous ontological argument. Although Descartes believes that they are both capable of proving the existence of God indubitably, some consideration of the arguments suggests that they are not convincing as he considers them to...
  • My Actively Perceiving Mind
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    As man progressed through the various stages of evolution, it is assumed that at a certain point he began to ponder the world around him. Of course, these first attempts fell short of being scholarly. As time passed on, though, these ideas persisted and were eventually tackled by the more intellectual, so-called philosophers. This, excavation of "the external world" began. As the authoritarianism of the ancients gave way to the more liberal views of the modernists, two main positions concerning ...

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