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Single Idea 2274

[catalogued under 28. God / C. Proofs of Reason / 1. Ontological Proof]

Full Idea

In creating me, God has endowed me with the idea of God, so that it would be like the mark of the craftsman impressed upon his work, although this mark need not be something distinct from the work itself.

Gist of Idea

The idea of God in my mind is like the mark a craftsman puts on his work

Source

René Descartes (Meditations [1641], §3.51)

Book Reference

Descartes,René: 'Discourse on Method/The Meditations', ed/tr. Sutcliffe,F.E. [Penguin 1968], p.130