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Unformatted text preview: PHL329L Early Modern Phil TA: Mina Fei-Ting Chen Worksheet 02062008 Descartes’ Third Meditation ♠ Explain the importance or the arguments of these following passages I. Aristotelian Principle of Causality Now it is indeed evident by the light of nature that there must be at least as much [reality] in the efficient and total cause as there is in the effect of that same cause. For whence, I ask, could an effect gets its reality, if not from its cause? And how could the cause give that reality to the effect, unless it also possessed that reality? (section 40) (1) What is the conclusion that this passage points to? II. Argument of God’s existence Thus there remains only the idea of God. I must consider whether there is anything in this idea that could not have originated from me. I understand by the name “God” a certain substance that is infinite, independent, supremely originated from me....
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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.
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