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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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God's Essence and Existence

God's Essence and Existence

(p.121) Chapter 8 God's Essence and Existence
Silencing the Demon's Advocate
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This chapter examines Rene Descartes' arguments about the existence of God in Meditation IV. It considers several objections and Descartes' replies, and suggests that Descartes appears to rest his new argument for God's existence on the premise that clear and distinct apprehension is reliable. The chapter explains the structure of Descartes' ontological argument and contends that his argument in Meditation IV was designed to show that the proposition “God exists” meets the standard which he himself has established for acceptability.

Keywords:   existence of God, Meditation IV, Rene Descartes, apprehension, ontological argument

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