Anselm, Aquinas, Descartes/Existence of God

something in ones understanding and actually believing that this something exists. For example, one can conceive of UFOs, but still not believe that they exist. Given this concept, Anselm

Rene Descartes/Proofs of God in Meditations

Meditations demonstrates how Descartes went about reconciling the existence of God to what he observed about the unreliability of his senses and the nature of reality. Descartes states that

Did Descartes Contradict Himself in the Meditations?

were to show him evidence--or absence of evidence--that he exists, he would not agree. Some seem to think that this is a contradiction. On one hand, Descartes says that

Descartes’ Deductive Reasoning, Definitions and Principles Used to Argue the Existence of God

of the idea of God (also infinite reality) and therefore God exists. His stepped process of deductive reasoning begins with the assumption "Ex

Descartes/Meditation III

can be sure. As he begins Meditation III, Descartes describes himself as "a thing that thinks." While Descartes grants that what he perceives or imagines may be nothing apart

Descartes Proof For The Existence Of God

He discusses this in terms of its truth even in the face of the omnipotent, evil demon (Descartes, 1995). He basically says that the demon cannot make him nothing as

Rene Descartes and the "Evil Demon" Argument

arguments ...). However, if science rests on things of the mind and not the senses, then it is necessary to show that things we learn through our senses can be

Benjamin's Argument Against Descartes

reality. This system of checks and balances helps to equalize what man truly knows and that which he thinks he knows, serving as "forever an inherent aspiration of the

Rene Descartes/Meditation III

thing that thinks" (Descartes, 2001). He affirms that he is a thinking being who is capable of doubt and affirmation, denial and knowledge. He is certain that he thinks and

God Does Exist

acknowledges the fact that at times he acknowledges the truth and reality of a tangible thing, or an emotion or a feeling and then later he finds out that his

Descartes/Third Meditation & Existence of God

God, a divine Creator. Not surprisingly, Descartes goes about his proof by analyzing the nature of human thought, which he has already shown will be the bedrock of his epistemological

The Philosophy of Descartes and the Idea of Reality

may be seen as a result of both his own intellect and also facilitated by his education. Rene Descartes was born in 1596 in La Haye, which has now had

“Descartes: belief, ideas and images”

as a certainty when all such deceptions have been removed. In this way he examines the falseness of perception and the notion of consciousness before finally arriving at the concept

The Problem With Descartes' Ontological Argument

People can be wrong in terms of what they think they see or hear and so forth. Then, the critic asks, how can Descartes base his interpretation of who God

National Philosophy Day: Plato, Descartes and Wittgenstein on Proving God

machine was activated and the first man to step for was Plato. Looking at the surroundings with great bewilderment, Grier related the story of his progression into the present,