Lecture 13 - If God is perfect, then why does God allow me...

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If God is perfect, then why does God allow me to make errors? “Intellect”, “understanding”: one’s ability to have ideas When I make an error, I will or affirm an idea. The error occurs not because of my idea, but because I will or affirm it. And to will or affirm an idea is to exercise my free will, and to do things for which I am responsible. God is not the cause of my errors, but it is my own poor use of my free will that causes my errors.
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So what is the moral of Descartes’ Fourth Meditation? “I can avoid error …[by] remembering to abstain from making judgments whenever the truth of a given matter is not apparent. …for as often as I restrain my will when I make judgments, so that it extends only to those matters that the intellect clearly and distinctly discloses to it, it plainly cannot happen that I err.” ( Meditations 62)
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What is it for an idea to be “clear and distinct”? Why is Descartes’ idea of his own mind more “clear and distinct” than his ideas of material things? Consider the following valid argument: (1) One particle is not a human body. (2) It is impossible to turn something that is not a human body into a human body by adding one particle to the former. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ (1) Therefore, trillions of particles cannot be a human body. Since the conclusion of this argument is false, and the argument is
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This note was uploaded on 06/16/2011 for the course PHIL 101 taught by Professor Ram during the Summer '11 term at University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

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Lecture 13 - If God is perfect, then why does God allow me...

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