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Unformatted text preview: much else if a deceiver might exist. Even a simple concept such as “3+5=8” is doubtful if there exists an all-powerful demon that engages in constant trickery. For this reason, Descartes must dispel such a possibility. He must prove that something all-powerful, all-knowing, and all good exists. Essentially, Descartes must prove the existence of God (something which is all-powerful and all-knowing), and he must prove that God is good. Before Descartes tackles the issue of God’s goodness, he must first argue that God exists. Descartes offers two proofs on God’s existence. The first, known as the “Trademark Argument,” is found in the “Third Meditation.”...
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This essay was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course PHIL 337 taught by Professor Ryan during the Spring '08 term at Trinity College, Hartford.
- Spring '08