In the Third Meditation, Descartes aims to prove that God must exist. He begins in the third paragraph (section 35) by recognizing that he has ideas of many things (e.g., of the earth, the sky, the stars, etc.), and that he in no way denies that these ideas do occur within him. What was the additional thing he used to assert about these ideas (his habitual belief) that he now realizes he is not certain about?
In section 40, Descartes analyzes his idea of God. What properties are included in his understanding of the concept of God?
According to Descartes, what principle “is manifest by the natural light” (40)? Does this same principle apply to ideas?
Using your own words, characterize Descartes’ argument for the existence of God.
At the end of the Second Meditation, Descartes provides the famous “wax example” experiment. In your own words, describe the experiment that Descartes performs. What is the experiment meant to show?