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Single Idea 3660

[catalogued under 28. God / C. Attitudes to God / 5. Atheism]

Full Idea

The existence of God has been doubted by some, because they attributed too much to the perceptions of the senses, and God can be neither seen nor touched.

Gist of Idea

Atheism arises from empiricism, because God is intangible


René Descartes (Preface to 'Principles of Philosophy' [1647], p.180)

Book Reference

Descartes,René: 'Discourse on Method/The Meditations', ed/tr. Sutcliffe,F.E. [Penguin 1968], p.180