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Unformatted text preview: 5. God exists Proof that God is not an evil deceiver 1. God is the source of my existence 2. the idea of God is of a perfect being 3. perfect beings do not lack anything 4. deception is a deficiency 5. therefore, God being perfect, has no deficiencies, and cannot be a deceiver. Aristotle tells us what a perfection is in the Metaphysics V 16; something is perfect ‘of its kind if it cannot be surpassed in excellence and goodness, e.g. a perfect doctor and a perfect flute-player when, in respect of the form of the appropriate excellence, nothing is lacking’ (Met1021b14-17). The Metaphysics also tells us that an excellence is a perfection; ‘excellence is a sort of perfection, for everything is perfect and every substance (ousia) is perfect when, in respect of the form of the appropriate excellence,...
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2008 for the course PHIL 1204 taught by Professor Jcpitt during the Fall '07 term at Virginia Tech.
- Fall '07