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In his Fifth Meditation Descartes attempts to once again prove the existence of God He comes up with a number of examples that relate aspects from the material world in order to further his belief that God really does in fact exist He states his theories favoring Gods existence most notably in his second ontological argument At the same time he also presents several possible objections that could come into play and refutes them Descartes second ontological argument effectively provides evidence supporting the existence of God and thus is successful in its function The basic premise of Descartes second ontological argument is straightforward and simple The essence of God is that He is a perfect supreme being Existence is one of Gods perfections Therefore God must exist Descartes contends that he couldnt have the idea of God in his mind if God didnt exist The entire belief in God relies upon the fact He is perfect Descartes says that he cannot think of God in any other manner He is incapable of thinking of God as not existing hence God must exist The idea of God is that of a supreme and perfect being He is perfect in every single infinite aspect and thus must exist as existence is one of His perfections Subsequently just the thought of God Descartes argues is proof enough of his existence In a further endeavor to prove the existence of God Descartes uses some material examples First he uses an example of a triangle in order to show that the essence of God cannot be separated from His existence The sum of the angles of a triangle adds up to 180 degrees This is a given fact and cannot be separated from the essence of a triangle existence of God can no more be separated from the essence of God than the fact that its three angles equal two right angles can be separated from the essence of
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