Descaetes: What Is Error? Essay

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Prior to his method on error, Descartes has already proven a pair of foundational beliefs. In meditation one, Descartes proved that he was “a thinking thing” and that in order to be a thinking thing, “I exist”. In mediation three, he proved that God exists due to the fact that in order to have an idea of God, one must already have the idea innately implanted in their mind. Since Descartes is finite he believes that God innately implanted the thought of an infinite perfect being in his mind, so therefore God exists. The concept of where error comes from and why error occurs, arise in meditation four. He begins by claiming that God is not the source of error. Descartes states “It is impossible for God to ever deceive me, for trickery is …show more content…
Prior to his method on error, Descartes has already proven a pair of foundational beliefs. In meditation one, Descartes proved that he was “a thinking thing” and that in order to be a thinking thing, “I exist”. In mediation three, he proved that God exists due to the fact that in order to have an idea of God, one must already have the idea innately implanted in their mind. Since Descartes is finite he believes that God innately implanted the thought of an infinite perfect being in his mind, so therefore God exists. The concept of where error comes from and why error occurs, arise in meditation four. He begins by claiming that God is not the source of error. Descartes states “It is impossible for God to ever deceive me, for trickery is indicative of some imperfection” (Meditation Four, 36). God would not be the source of error because he is perfect; error is an imperfection. It would seem man would be incapable of error because everything in oneself is from a perfect God. Therefore it would seem to indicate that we are perfect as well. Error obviously still exists, so Descartes goes on to say that “error as such is not something real that depends on God but rather is merely a defect” (Meditation Four, page 36). Error is not from God, but is based on humans using the tools from God of will and intellect incorrectly. God would never want us to error, so Descartes concludes that the source of error has to be ourselves. In order to set the foundation for humans to be the
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