Descartes Meditation 1 Analysis

analytical Essay
958 words
958 words

In his work, Meditations on First Philosophy, Descartes narrates the search for certainty in order to recreate all knowledge. He begins with “radical doubt.” He asks a simple question “Is there any one thing of which we can be absolutely certain?” that provides the main question of his analysis. Proceeding forward, he states that the ground of his foundation is the self – evident knowledge of the “thinking thing,” which he himself is. Moving up the tower of certainty, he focuses on those ideas that can be supported by his original foundation. In such a way, Descartes’s goal is to establish all of human knowledge of firm foundations. Thus, Descartes gains this knowledge from the natural light by using it to reference his main claims, specifically …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how descartes narrates the search for certainty in order to recreate all knowledge in meditations on first philosophy.
  • Explains that natural light is the trustworthy skill that identifies truth from falsity. spontaneous impulse allows descartes to believe it because humans are taught by nature.
  • Analyzes how descartes builds his foundation of certainty from the natural light through the examination of god's existence.
  • Analyzes how descartes explains god's existence as a non-deceiving entity of natural light in meditation iv.
  • Analyzes descartes's work, saying they're an amateur philosopher. they think natural light is having awareness that manages knowledge of truth through its own light.
  • Explains that natural light has a significant meaning to the studies and explorations of this course. plato, descartes, or aristotle wrote about existence, virtues, and soul.
  • Analyzes how descartes' meditations provide a basis for knowledge because one's senses can be sometimes misleading. with such beliefs, he moves forward in finding the foundation of knowledge and its certainty.

He argues that if he does not solve God’s existence, he will not be certain about anything else. Thus, Descartes says that he has an idea of God and, therefore, God exists. However, in order to be certain of His existence, Descartes provides proofs that will illustrate his reasoning. The four proofs include formal reality vs. objective reality, something can’t arise from nothing, Descartes cannot be the cause of himself, and therefore, the bigger cause is God. Now that Descartes knows God is real, he must solve another aspect, which is if God can be a deceiver. Descartes believes “it is clear enough from this that he cannot be a deceiver, since it is manifest by the natural light that all fraud and deception depend on some defect” (89). In other words, God possesses all of the perfections that Descartes cannot have but those perfections that are in his thoughts, concluding that God has no defects whatsoever according to the natural …show more content…

Descartes stands with his position that God is perfection by saying “it is impossible that God should deceive me. For in every case of trickery or deception some imperfection is found… [and] the will to deceive is undoubtedly evidence of malice or weakness, and so cannot apply to God” (90). Through these words, Descartes explains that the natural light proves God’s perfect being because a deceiver is powerless and malevolent. God is not powerless and malevolent because he is not a deceiver. He has no imperfections. Therefore, the natural light proves his pure

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