In Descartes’ Meditations on First Philosophy, he claims on of his most enduring arguments, the Cogito: I think, I am. Following his argument for the Cogito, however, Descartes argues for the existence of an infinite, all powerful, all knowing God. Critiques of this argument fall into several different camps. First, that God remains a fundamental principle for Descartes’ epistemology and metaphysics. Secondly, that the inclusion of the argument for God was put in to please Church officials. Finally, that what Descartes’ terms God actually represents his own mind. In this essay, I examine Descartes’ argument for God as a fundamental part of his philosophy, but in doing so I find that his arguments actually invalidate his oft quoted Cogito.
"The Effect of God on the Cogito: an Examination of Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy,"
Oglethorpe Journal of Undergraduate Research:
1, Article 5.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/ojur/vol5/iss1/5