If the thalers do exist

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If the thalers do exist, this fact is added synthetically, through experience, to the concept of a hundred possible thalers. This much is obvious for objects of the senses like coins, where we know that they exist only through perception and their connection to it. But we cannot know an object such as God through perception, and we are left without a way of establishing its existence. Indeed, we cannot say that God is a real possibility, that is, something that satisfies the Postulate of possibility, as conforming to the conditions of experience. We can only say that it is logically possible. "Thus the celebrated Leibniz is far from having succeeded in what he plumed himself on achieving -- the comprehension a priori of the possibility of this sublime ideal being" (A602/B630). And Descartes' ontological argument is "so much labor and effort lost," comparable to that of a merchant seeking to improve his financial position by adding zeroes to his bottom line. The Cosmological Argument
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course PSY PSY2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.

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