Rene Descartes Essay

Rene Descartes Essay - Robert J England II HON 211 David...

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Unformatted text preview: Robert J. England II HON 211 - David Gross Monday, October 2, 2006 According to René Descartes, the concept of the infinite can only be explained through a perfect God - not directly the deity of the Bible, but a divine, perfect being that controls the world. Humans, as imperfect, corruptible beings, could not know perfection on their own, so there had to be some perfect being that caused this initial concept. However, while total perfection is unattainable by mortal human beings, it is generally understandable and believable, as are its components. Of these, the one that strikes my interest, and was discussed in the lecture by Prof. Michael Howard, is the concept of infinity. Infinite, generally meaning “endless” or “not finite,” was here described as an attribute of perfection, one that is difficult to comprehend; but infinity is also a major component of our minds, and serves some very important purposes. The concept of the infinite as a negative of the finite is intriguing to me. According to this concept, the finite (the imperfect and corruptible) is the good, while the infinite (the perfect...
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