The Effect Of Descartes On Finite Substance

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Descartes also has this idea which he cannot doubt, that a cause must have at least as much reality as its effect. So, finite substance can cause a property to exist but the other way around does not work. Finite substance can cause finite substance to exist but it can’t cause infinite substance to exist. Why not? Well Descartes thinks that if something has a property, the thing that caused it exists must also have that property otherwise we would just have properties springing into existence out of now where. So, for instance if something is hot it must be because something was heated by something else that is also hot. Or if the bridge is strong, it must be because the iron it is made of is strong, and so on. And this, Descartes says is true
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