Cartesian Circle (Arnaud)

Cartesian Circle - this clearly I have already given an adequate explanation of this point in items(3 and(4 in my reply to the second

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OBJECTION (4) I have one further worry, namely how Descartes avoids reasoning in a circle when he says that it’s only because ·we know that· God exists that we are sure that whatever we clearly and distinctly perceive is true. But we can be sure that God exists only because we clearly and distinctly perceive this; so before we can be sure that God exists we need to be able to be sure that whatever we perceive clearly and evidently is true. REPLY (4) Lastly, as to my not being guilty of circularity when I said that our only reason for being sure that what we clearly and distinctly perceive is true is the fact that ·we know for sure that· God exists, and that we are sure that God exists only because we perceive
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Unformatted text preview: this clearly: I have already given an adequate explanation of this point in items (3) and (4) in my reply to the second Objections [pages 24-5 and 25 respectively], where I distinguished perceiving something clearly from remembering having perceived it clearly at an earlier time. At first we are sure that God exists because we are attending to the arguments that prove this; but afterwards all we need to be certain that God exists is our memory that we did earlier perceive this clearly. This ·memory· wouldn’t be sufficient if we didn’t know that God exists and isn’t a deceiver....
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This note was uploaded on 03/01/2008 for the course PHL 329L taught by Professor Hochberg during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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