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In Meditation Three of Descartes Meditations on First philosophy he makes the argument that an omnipotent and infinite god exists In this paper Ill reconstruct Descartes argument and evaluate its validity based on the soundness of its premises Descartes proof for the existence of god is 1 I think therefore I am 2 I can not be mistaken about the ideas that I have 3 There must be at least as much formal reality ie object of the idea in the cause of an idea as there is objective reality ie the idea its self of a perfect idea Otherwise something would come from nothing 4 I have an idea of a perfect infinite being 5 Since I am imperfect I do not have enough formal reality to be the cause of my idea of my idea of the perfect being My idea of perfection is the most objectively real idea I have 6 There for the only possible formal cause of my idea of a perfect being is god and I am not him Therefore God must exist Premise numbers one and two can not be doubted Although really not discussed much in Meditation three they are essential for the rest of Descartes arguments Premise number three shows that there can never be more objective reality in the effect than there is formal reality in the cause Here is an analogy to explain the difference Descartes makes between formal reality objective reality and help to explain premise three As an example well use a picture of my grand mother A picture can be looked at for its formal reality as a chemical representation of her on a piece of paper or for its objective reality as a representation of my grandmother This might bring up the question does my grandmother have formal reality in addition to the objective reality it has as the subject of the photograph Or to put it simply does my
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