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The nature of the human mind and how it is better known than the body" I can’t know the physical world exists Difference between substance (that in which is essential to that thing) and Accidents  (attributes)  -Substance-reason -Accidents-sense impressions Showing the mind is better known than the body Maintain his radical doubt Fight against the tendency to think his other way of thinking Key Concepts: Formal (physical things) reality vs. objective (objects of the mind) reality Ex-nihilo-every finite thing has its cause  creation out of nothing The principles of sufficient reason-cant have an effect that is greater than its cause
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Unformatted text preview: The only idea that can be the cause of god is god 1) If God exists, God must have the absolute great amount of formal reality 2) The idea of God must have the greatest amount of Object reality 3) All ideas have a cause even if its the imagination 4) there is at least as much reality in the total and efficient cause of something as there is in its effect 5) I Descartes am a finite and perfect being 6) Therefore I cannot be the cause of the idea of God 7) This idea must come from outside of me, that is, from God Rationalism Empiricism Solipsism...
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This note was uploaded on 09/25/2010 for the course BIO 2000 taught by Professor Baxt during the Fall '08 term at St. John's.

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