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Critique of Pure Reason Lecture notes, March 10, 1997: Practical Reason G. J. Mattey The Design Argument Experience cannot be adequate to the transcendental idea of a necessary and self-sufficient being, "so overwhelmingly great, so high above everything empirical" (A621/B649). The supreme being cannot be an object of experience, but if apart from experience, it is unreachable, given that the laws of experience apply only to its objects. To be sure, the world presents us with incredible marvels, but these only leave us speechless. Nonetheless, the proof is "the oldest, the clearest, and the most accordant with the study of nature" (A623/B651). It also guides us in seeking purpose in the world, and is reinforced when we find it. But we cannot grant the argument certainty, only "a belief adequate to quieten our doubts, though not to command unconditional submission" (A625/B653). Ultimately, certainty could only be found through the ontological argument, if it were cogent.
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This note was uploaded on 01/31/2011 for the course PHILOSOPHY 113 taught by Professor Gerogemattey during the Winter '10 term at UC Davis.

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