Analysis of Descartes' Argument

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Reading selection from Descartes' Discourse on the Method (Part IV). Descartes begins with the problem of being able to prove his own existence but ends up with an argument proving the existence of God. Read more about the Discourse on the Method located at HYPERLINK "http://www.earlymoderntexts.com/pdf/descdisc.pdf" http://www.earlymoderntexts.com/pdf/descdisc.pdf.

In his Discourse on the Method, Descartes essentially asked his famous question: how can we know that we are not deluded by a demon to think that we exist and he answered with his famous riposte" Cogito ergo sum" I think because I am I.e. the very fact that I am aware of my doubts informs me that I exist. He knows this from his intellect; therefore the mind is superior and more immediate to him than is the body. Descartes' knowledge of his existence comes to him through a mediate perception, and he wonders what else can come to him through this immediacy. May God be deceiving him? The idea of God (as per entity) is one of perfection. The mind is fallible and corrupt. An idea of such perfection entering a corrupt mind can, therefore, be only be put there by God. So God exists. And, because God is perfect, He would not deceive anyone. Ipso facto, error only arises due to our limited intellect that is blocked by materialism from seeing true Knowledge. Descartes's argument, actually, for God's…