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David Hume and Rene Descartes are philosophers with opposing views about the origination of ideas Descartes believed there were three types of ideas which are innate adventitious and those from imagination He stated since he exists and his idea of what a perfect being is such as God then God exists Hume on the other had believed ideas came only from one thing impressions Both theories have their strengths and weaknesses but I like Humes theory better than Descartes Descartes believed imagination could not help humans Descartes definition of ideas was only things which exist in the mind and represent other things are called ideas His argument was the nature of the ideas which make up the mind could gain an idea about God but instead humans could think about God by other means A major strength of Descartes was his idea of objective reality which is ones perception of reality If something accurately represents something then it is objective reality according to him I believe this is a strength of his because of his convincing argument If the objective reality of any one of my ideas is found to be so great that I am certain that the same reality was not in metherefore I myself cannot be the cause of the idea then it necessarily follows that I am not alone in the world but that something else which is the cause of this idea also exists 75 Descartes weakness is his idea of innate ideas It is not necessarily correct to say people have a mind the minute they are born instead they have gained it after being living for some time Descartes position on innate ideas is open to criticism innate ideas should be predicted not thought of There is no certainty that the nature in which the idea is explained should be innate If Descartes theory of innateness has no temporary connections between the ideas then there
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