In The Meditations on First Philosophy, Descartes explores all the methods for doubt. Descartes had to search through doubt in order to understand and eventually overcome it. In addition, Descartes could not accept anything without dismissing the total accounts of doubt. In Meditation three, Descartes is able to overcome his doubt about the evil genius and also proves that God must exist. Meanwhile, Meditation One is all about the reasons for doubting our senses.
In Meditation One, Descartes believes that there is an “evil genius” that deceives him so everything he believes is false. If he doubts everything, then he may not be doubted by the evil spirit. He begins by setting aside all of his beliefs he had accepted and started fresh. The senses are somewhat misleading, you cannot trust them entirely. Additionally, Descartes believes that lunatics or mentally-illed people are far more deceived than the average human being. The ...view middle of the document...
In the First argument, Descartes argues that all ideas stem from somewhere. These ideas, perhaps come from a perfect being, God. To Descartes, God, is far more powerful than man itself. The second argument promotes that nothing can come from nothing. The idea of god being perfect or immortal, but he is not either. In other words, it is not possible for an imperfect human to have a perfect idea, only God, himself, can have a perfect idea, for he is a perfect being. In these arguments, we must recognize that God is real for the reason that we choose to believe and recognize. For one, God is real, for we have the idea of him within us. Descartes believed since he was not a perfect being, then there must be such a being that seizes to exist (God). Basically, the two arguments are based on God. Descartes believes that there are different scales of reality, with infinite beings on a higher level than us humans. In addition, he also thinks that his ideas have come from another source and that the idea and reality are on the same scale. So, if it has formal reality it must have the same mass for objective reality. Nonetheless, he includes that ideas about a perfect immortal come to mind, which he suggests must come from that being. In conclusion, God created the idea of God in our minds. In the second argument, Descartes already knows he is in existence, but he wants an explanation. He understands that he could not possibly create himself, even if he goes back in time to his ancestors, there is no real explanation for how he was created
In Meditation Three, Descartes argues that God must truly exist. If God doesn’t then why does he have thoughts of God? Therefore God must exist. In Addition, Meditation One considers the reliability of our senses, can you really trust them? Descartes argue that our perceptions can be deceiving at times and the evil genius argument, our senses are an illusion created by a more powerful being. In thorough, we are capable of understanding that we exist and therefore God, too, exist. In conclusion, Descartes argued about how he exists and how he was created. We understand that there is a God, but how were we created or brought upon.