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[catalogued under 18. Thought / D. Concepts / 2. Origin of Concepts / c. Nativist concepts]

Full Idea

The idea of God, that is, the idea of a supremely perfect being, is one discovered to be no less within me than the idea of any figure or number.

Gist of Idea

The idea of a supremely perfect being is within me, like the basic concepts of mathematics


René Descartes (Meditations [1641], §5.65)

Book Reference

Descartes,René: 'Discourse on Method/The Meditations', ed/tr. Sutcliffe,F.E. [Penguin 1968], p.144