Descartes: Meditation Iii Summary Essay

833 Words Apr 16th, 2013 4 Pages
Juliana Tabor
Professor Webb
Introduction to Philosophy
4/1/13
Descartes: Meditations 3

In Descartes’s Meditations III, the Meditator describes his idea of God as "a substance that is infinite, eternal, immutable, independent, supremely intelligent, supremely powerful, and which created both myself and everything else."(70) Thus, due to his opinion in regards to the idea of God, the Meditator views God containing a far more objective reality than a formal one. Due to the idea that of God being unable to have originated in himself, he ultimately decides that God must be the cause of the idea, therefore he exists. The meditator defines God as such, “by ‘God’ I mean the very being the idea of whom is within me, that is, the possessor
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The second objection is if he is constantly growing towards perfection and furthermore parting with all of his flaws, he will never be able to reach the impeccability that does not require development. The third argument is that a potential life is not a life at all, and the idea of God is caused by something that is immeasurable and tangible. If the, meditator was able to exist without God then he would have created himself, his parents would have created him, or some other mediocre being would have created him. Furthermore, if he created himself, it is not possible that he would even contain uncertainties as well as aspirations or human desires. Additionally, one could not escape that reasoning by solipsism. "The idea that enables me to understand a supreme deity, eternal, infinite, omniscient, omnipotent, and creator of all things other than himself, clearly has more objective reality within than do those ideas through which finite substances are displayed." (73)He feels that something grand and pious created him, and works as a force to preserve him. Regardless, if it was his parents or a flawed being that created him, they emplaced the idea of God in his head. Furthermore, if it was his parents or a limited being, how did they themselves arrive at the idea of God? Because even if one’s judgment that these things exist "was a true one, it was not the result of the force of my perception." (70) In his opinion, regardless of how many different ideas of God one

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