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Can God’s existence be proven with certainty? For this question, you may compare the “proofs” of Descartes and Thomas Aquinas and indicate whether Descartes’ certainty or Aquinas’ doubt seems more plausible. (Philosophy of Religion Issue) Rene Descartes Descartes argument is rational, in the sense that it does not depend upon experience garnered through the sense. He works with the concept of God. The concept of God necessarily contains the idea of His being perfect. Since Descartes says that existence is a perfection it follows that he must exist. On the other hand, Aquinas’s argument for God’s existence operates within the framework of practical reason . He needs to learn that God is exist from some experiences. The comparison is that they both attempt to prove the existence of God, but they differ in respect to how they attempt to prove the concept. The foundationalist Descartes seeks certainty for his belief in God and claims to find such certainty in a proof from the history of ideas. This proof has come to be known as the ontological proof. Descartes tries to support a theistic view with his radical foundationalism.
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