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The intention of this paper will be to examine Descartes argument for the existence of God First I will review Descartes proof for the existence of God Then I will discuss some consequences that appear as a result of Gods existence Finally I will point to some complications and problems that exist within the proofDescartes proof of the existence of God occurs in the Third Meditation He builds his entire argument upon his proof in the previous meditation that in order for him to think he must exist From this single observation Descartes notices that the idea of his existence is very clear and distinct in his mind based upon this clarity and the fact that he has just determined his own existence he deduces a rulethat the things that he sees as very clear and very distinct are all true Descartes starts his proof by dividing thought into four categoriesideas concepts volitions choices emotions desires and judgments beliefs He then breaks down these categories to discover which types of thoughts can yield error The first thing to realize is that there is no error in an idea Error can occur only in the judgment of whether the idea is true or false For example I may have an idea of what it would be like to burn my finger but that idea has no rightness or wrongness until I make a judgment as to whether I believe or disbelieve the idea In other words having an idea is one thing but believing it is something different Concerning emotions and volitions these forms of thought do not give way to any error either since we can desire or choose anything and not find any error in the fact that I desire it or choose it Next Descartes discusses where ideas come from namely inside ourselves innate or invented and outside ourselves adventitious Innate or inborn ideas include my understanding of what a thing is what
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