Please write a 3-4 page (double-spaced) paper on the topic below. Please
do not use external research materials for
this assignment. In particular, please do not use internet resources. Please do
use the textbook, notes, and any discussion
notes/handouts I attatch. Please DO NOT do any sort of plagiarism. I would rather the paper look less “good” than be plagiarized.
Reading for essay topic: Rene Descartes,
Meditations on First Philosophy
In his Meditations , Descartes gives two proofs of the existence of God. The first is in Meditation 3, and the second is in Meditation 5. In this essay, you should do three things:
Explain both of the proofs in detail. Using textual evidence, reconstruct Descartes’ reasoning for his conclusions.
proofs. That is, think of
how you could push back or object
to both of these proofs. What parts of Descartes’ reasoning is weak, or needs more
defense? Are there certain indefensible assumptions that Descartes is making in the
proofs, or strange implications of Descartes’ arguments? Make sure that your
objections are based in a clear understanding of Descartes’ proofs.
From your perspective, which of these two proofs is
stronger or more convincing?
Explain your reasoning. Note that even if you find neither proof very convincing in the end, you should still answer this question
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