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 Meditations of First Philosophy
Descartes
 
Table of Contents
Meditations of First Philosophy.........................................................................................................................1
Descartes..................................................................................................................................................1Dedication................................................................................................................................................1Preface to the Reader...............................................................................................................................3Synopsis of the Six Following Meditations............................................................................................5Meditation I..............................................................................................................................................6Meditation II............................................................................................................................................9Meditation III.........................................................................................................................................13Meditation IV.........................................................................................................................................21Meditation V..........................................................................................................................................25Meditation VI.........................................................................................................................................29
 Meditations of First Philosophyi
 
Meditations of First Philosophy
Descartes
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Dedication
Preface to the Reader
Synopsis of the Six Following Meditations.
Meditation I
Meditation II
Meditation III
Meditation IV
Meditation V
Meditation VI
Dedication
To the Most Wise and Illustrious the Dean and Doctors of the Sacred Faculty of Theology in Paris.The motive which induces me to present to you this Treatise is so excellent, and, when you becomeacquainted with its design, I am convinced that you will also have so excellent a motive for taking it underyour protection, that I feel that I cannot do better, in order to render it in some sort acceptable to you, than ina few words to state what I have set myself to do.I have always considered that the two questions respecting God and the Soul were the chief of those thatought to be demonstrated by philosophical rather than theological argument. For although it is quite enoughfor us faithful ones to accept by means of faith the fact that the human soul does not perish with the body, andthat God exists, it certainly does not seem possible ever to persuade infidels of any religion, indeed, we mayalmost say, of any moral virtue, unless, to begin with, we prove these two facts by means of the naturalreason. And inasmuch as often in this life greater rewards are offered for vice than for virtue, few peoplewould prefer the right to the useful, were they restrained neither by the fear of God nor the expectation of another life; and although it is absolutely true that we must believe that there is a God, because we are sotaught in the Holy Scriptures, and, on the other hand, that we must believe the Holy Scriptures because theycome from God (the reason of this is, that, faith being a gift of God, He who gives the grace to cause us tobelieve other things can likewise give it to cause us to believe that He exists), we nevertheless could not placethis argument before infidels, who might accuse us of reasoning in a circle. And, in truth, I have noticed thatyou, along with all the theologians, did not only affirm that the existence of God may be proved by thenatural reason, but also that it may be inferred from the Holy Scriptures, that knowledge about Him is muchclearer than that which we have of many created things, and, as a matter of fact, is so easy to acquire, thatthose who have it not are culpable in their ignorance. This indeed appears from the Wisdom of Solomon,chapter xiii., where it is said
 Howbeit they are not to be excused; for if their understanding was so great that they could discern the world and the creatures, why did they not rather find out the Lord thereof?
 and inRomans, chapter i., it is said that they are
without excuse
; and again in the same place, by these words
that which may be known of God is manifest in them,
 it seems as through we were shown that all that which canbe known of God may be made manifest by means which are not derived from anywhere but from ourselves,
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