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Single Idea 19653

[catalogued under 28. God / B. Proving God / 2. Proofs of Reason / a. Ontological Proof]

Full Idea

Since Descartes conceives of God as existing necessarily, whether I exist to think of him or not, Descartes assures me of a possible access to an absolute reality - a Great Outdoors that is not a correlate of my thought.

Gist of Idea

The ontological proof of a necessary God ensures a reality external to the mind


Quentin Meillassoux (After Finitude; the necessity of contingency [2006], 2)

Book Reference

Meillassoux: 'After Finitude: the necessity of contingency', ed/tr. Brassier,R [Bloomsbury 2008], p.29

A Reaction

His point is that the ontological argument should be seen as part of the scientific revolution, and not an anomaly within it. Interesting.