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The assertion of Defective Nature Doubt made by Ren Descartes in The First Meditation is a sound deductive argument First to support this it is necessary for me to explain and lay out the argument for examination Once the argument is shown I will indicate how the premises and the conclusions fit together Ultimately to demonstrate that Defective Nature Doubt is sound I will explain the terminology needed to be understood when dealing with an argument and show how the two correlate Finally I will deny objections that could be held against my acquisition Decartes argument for Defective Nature Doubt is to show that humans can be deceived whether they believe that they are created by God or not This is a key aspect to the argument Descartes gives reasons for both sides and does not just assume that everyone has the same beliefs The first argument states The premises are stated with the letter P and the conclusion with CP An all-powerful flawless God exists P God has the ability over all powers By 1P God used his powers to create me By 2P God also used his powers to create the world around me and even the things that do not seem to matter By 2P God is entitled to the power of deception despite his goodness Descartes 145 By 2C Thus if God wanted He could deceive me about the world and the irrelevant things By 2 5Or Descartes reasonsP An all-powerful flawless God does not existP A flawless God did not create me the world around me or things that do not seem to matterP So myself the world around me and unimportant things have flaws By 2P Deception is a flawC Thus if I am flawed I am able to be deceived about everything including the outside world and insignificant things because I am not perfect By 23 4 In the first argument of Defective Nature doubt Descartes is
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