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Descartes' argument for God.
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4/18/2013 5:31:40 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
This is a basic summary of one of Descartes' arguments for God in Discourse on Method (http://www.gutenberg.org... is the part in question)
How did we first think of a perfect being? If nothing in nature is perfect, where would we get the idea from? When we conjure up things that don't exist, don't we just piece together actual qualities of physical things? If so, wouldn't something with perfect qualities have to exist in order for us to imagine it? You cannot add up imperfect things in order to achieve perfection.
Is this valid reasoning? I would think that we wouldn't be able to know if what we conceive of as "God" really is perfect or not. Therefore, there is the possibility that we are wrong and the "God" we claim to support really isn't perfect.
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Or lose the race to rats
Get caught in ticking traps
And start to dream of somewhere
To relax their restless flight
Somewhere out of a memory of lighted streets on quiet nights..."