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Silencing the Demon's AdvocateThe Strategy of Descartes' Meditations$
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Ronald Rubin

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804758161

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804758161.001.0001

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From Self to God

From Self to God

(p.61) Chapter 5 From Self to God
Silencing the Demon's Advocate
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This chapter examines Rene Descartes' proposition about the existence of God in Meditation III. It suggests that Descartes' theological arguments were not designed to demonstrate the truth of the proposition “God exists” but to compel our Wills to affirm the proposition “God exists,” thereby leaving us unable to entertain various doubt-producing hypotheses. The chapter also discusses Descartes' statement that he could not have developed the idea which he has of himself unless he had the idea of God, and he could not have had that idea unless God existed formally.

Keywords:   existence of God, Rene Descartes, Meditation III, Wills, doubt-producing hypotheses

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