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Descartes sets about proving the existence of God through his meditations on knowledge in an effort to prove the skeptics of his time wrong He first determines that human knowledge is based entirely too much on unproved presuppositions He argues that this makes it difficult to distinguish between truth and error since we cannot recognize true knowledge Descartes proposes that the quest for knowledge must be based upon universal doubt Specifically he proposes the following in relation to his universal methodic doubt 1 In order to seek truth it is necessary once in the course of our life to doubt as far as possible of all things 2 We ought also to consider as false all that is doubtful 3 We ought not meanwhile to make use of doubt in the conduct of life 4 Why we may doubt of sensible things 5 Why we may also doubt of mathematical demonstrations 6 We cannot doubt of our existence while we doubt and this is the first knowledge we acquire when we philosophize in order Descartes proceeded to strip away his knowledge base in order to determine the one indubitable fact Cogito ergo sum From this absolute knowledge of his own existence he set about deducing the existence of God through ontological argument In our minds the idea of God is one of an infinitely perfect Being An infinitely perfect being must have existence otherwise it would not be infinitely perfect Therefore God exists In proving the existence of God Descartes set the groundwork for determining that God created man He further postulated that God being infinitely perfect and not a deceiver could not have provided man with the deceptive powers of knowledge Therefore mans mental faculties are determined to be trustworthy provided we separate what there is of clear and distinct in the knowledge from what is obscure and confused Using this reasoning man must discard all previous knowledge which is doubt-ridden all sensory-based knowledge
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