Millican argues for a novel interpretation of anselm’s argument, and for a new critique of ontological arguments deriving from this interpretation needless to say, both the interpretation and the critique are controversial, but they are also worthy of attention harrelson, k, 2009, the ontological argument from descartes to hegel, new. Descartes argument descartes builds upon the original anselmian ontological argument which is laid out as the following: 1 no being can be conceived that is greater that god 2 this being either exists in mind, reality or both 3 if the being only exists in the mind: a existing in mind and reality is better than only in the mind b. Descartes, as many philosophers have over the centuries, borrows some of his ideas for his ontological argument from st anselm, who originated the argument from the perspective of god's state of being. The traditional definition of an ontological argument was given by immanuel kant he contrasted the ontological argument (literally any argument concerned with being) with the cosmological and physio-theoretical arguments according to the kantian view, ontological arguments are those founded on a priori reasoning.
Descartes was brilliant but the ontological argument is a fucking abomination it's not so much an argument as it is a travesty against reason it's a truly appalling tautology: god is a perfect being, a perfect being must exist, therefore god exists. Descartes' meditations ontological argument james still descartes's fifth meditation argument for god's existence relies on an untenable notion that existence is a perfection and that it can be predicated of god. Descartes’ ontological argument: a critique jan 1 from this line of argument descartes concludes that god exists because he relies on his existence on order to maintain his perfection, just as the existence relies on god being perfect otherwise existence would not be necessary.
Keywords: descartes criticism, descartes meditations analysis, descartes philosophy critique the flow of this paper will primarily be a series of inquiries on rene descartes' methodic doubt as a philosophical method which has become the foundation of his metaphysics. Discussion critique of descartes' ontological argument (selfphilosophy) submitted 1 year ago by falkunfetur descartes' argument postulates: god is defined as a perfect being. The first, and best-known, ontological argument was proposed by st anselm of canterbury in the 11th century ce in his proslogion, st anselm claims to derive the existence of god from the concept of a being than which no greater can be conceived st.
Descartes often compares the ontological argument to a geometric demonstration, arguing that necessary existence cannot be excluded from idea of god anymore than the fact that its angles equal two right angles, for example, can be excluded from the idea of a triangle. Descartes’ ontological argument the argument it is certain that i find the idea of god in me, that is to say, the idea of a (critique of pure reason, book ii, ch 3, § 4), the ontological argument wrongly assumes that existence is a property (a perfection) but things don’t.
In the mid-17th century rene descartes provided his own version of the ontological argument in meditation 5 the classic version of this argument runs as follows: a critique of the plantinga version of the modal ontological argument descartes' meditations ontological argument. Descartes uses a set of three arguments to prove god’s existence however these arguments turn out to be partly unsuccessful as we can only prove that god exists as an idea. Another similar problem with the cartesian ontological argument is that just because one knows a perfect gods nature as having necessary existence, it does not follow that god is in a state of existence this is because something that is existing, can not necessarily be in existence as a thing.