Meditations On First Philosophy, By Rene Descartes

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In Rene Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy, he talks about the distinction between God and existence. This paper is going to argue that in Rene Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy, Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, both are contrasting how we know that God really exists and how we know what we perceive in this world actually exists as well.
This essay will start by talking all about Rene Descartes and his ideas around the existence of God and life itself with everything living in it.
Rene Descartes is putting forward an argument that everything we perceive in life is true when he says; “And thus I now seem able to posit as a general rule that everything I very clearly and distinctly perceive is true” (Descartes, 24). A human being is always constantly thinking about things in life. Rene Descartes studied things that humans can sense and imagine. He came up with the idea of how do we know something we imagined actually happened and we did not dream it. Rene Descartes wrote this book to discover how we are constantly imagining and sensing things throughout our life; how we perceive it to be true, and how do we know that it is. He also questions how we can know that God really exists.
Rene Descartes book, Meditations on First Philosophy, was an interesting read. A lot of people have thought how do we know God really does exist without any proof of the fact? Descartes questions God’s existence when he says; “And certainly, because I have no reason for thinking that there is a God who is a deceiver (and of course I do not yet sufficiently know whether there is a God)” (Descartes, 25).I have heard people ask that question a lot. I have not ever heard, how do we know we are not just imaging everything in life?
It is interesting how he uses wax within the book. He showed how we think it is constantly always wax even when it does change. He took wax and melted it and noticed how it changed its shape, but yet we still understand that object to be wax throughout the whole process. He is going through the thinking stage during his performance. He is proving how the human and everything around it is really true and not imaginary. He also proves in his book how some things we can understand but not imagine it.
Rene Descartes comes up with the idea of how humans see things in life, but how do we know that what we are seeing is actually there and not being imagined,
“As to the ideas that display other men, or animals, or angels, I easily
understand that they could be fashioned from the idea’s that I have of
myself, of corporeal things, and of God – even if no man (except myself),
no animals, and no angels existed in this world. (Descartes, 29)
He is questioning the fact of not only things humans’ vision, but he also questions both God’s and human’s existence in life. He is saying that our minds might be making the whole idea of the things we vision and they...

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