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Huet's chapter on Descartes's treatment of the existence of God contains some familiar themes. The chapter begins, for example, with a reference to Descartes's demonstration of the existence of God as a jest, and ends with outrage at Descartes's failure of modesty and prudence in claiming that his demonstration is more certain than anything in geometry, and that any other attempt would amount to blasphemy. The argument is directed against Descartes's first causal argument for the existence of God. Huet attacks the notion of the objective reality of an idea on which Descartes's argument rests. The denial of all intentionality is what Descartes had in mind when he referred to what he called "the objection of objections".

Keywords: Descartes; existence of God; Gassendi; Huet



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