Summary of Descartes and Locke

Summary of Descartes and Locke - Our only way of knowing...

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Chia-jung (Kieran) Tsai Summary of Descartes’ and Locke’s arguments 13-Jan-11 Summary of Descartes’ argument for the existence of God God is a substance that is infinite, independent, all-knowing, all-powerful and created everything including myself. Such an idea is infinite. A finite substance cannot create an infinite substance. I am a finite substance. Therefore, I cannot have created the idea of a God. Therefore, God must exist. Summary of Locke’s argument concerning our knowledge of the existence of other things We have an intuition that we ourselves exist.
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Unformatted text preview: Our only way of knowing others existences are by interacting with them. Our senses cannot lie, as the feelings they produce can only be affected by external sources. That is, we cannot change how we feel at will. Our senses cannot give us 100% certainty as our intuition; however, it gives us great assurance. It is by induction through the memory of the knowledge that we have, and the sensation we obtain when we interact with other things at the present time, that we can infer the existence....
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