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Unformatted text preview: November 7 th 2007 Rene Descartes Lecture #3 Objective: senses relating to objects, their function and perception Descartes discovers that he has an idea of God in his mind and that has more objective reality than anything else This means that he is not alone in this world It necessarily follows that he is not alone in the world but that something else, which is the cause of this idea, also exists (74) (77) No other idea is so clear and distinct; no other idea has so much objective reality His parents did not create him; they merely gave birth to him He couldnt have created himself because if he had, he wouldnt have given himself so many imperfections So now, he only needs to ask how he got his idea of God: the only ptio remaining is that this idea is innate in me, just as the idea of myself is innate in me- Makers marl: The idea of God is like the mark of a craftsman, showing his work, claiming his work- Descartes is Gods craft Meditation 4...
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