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Descartes' Ontological Argument: Premises & Criticism

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Which of the following best describes ontology?

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1. From whom does Descartes borrow his argument?

2. How does Descartes' ontological argument differ from previous arguments?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

With these study resources, your understanding of Descartes' ontological argument will be assessed. You'll be answering quiz questions on study topics that include an appropriate explanation for ontology and from what person Descartes got his philosophy.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Answer questions on:

  • The difference between Descartes' ontological argument and ones that came before it
  • A third premise of Descartes' argument
  • Critique of Descartes by Findlay

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Descartes' ontological argument
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as Descartes' ontological argument and previous philosophies
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the meaning of ontology

Additional Learning

Consider the accompanying lesson entitled Descartes' Ontological Argument: Premises & Criticism for more on these study points:

  • Details of the argument Descartes was influenced by
  • Emphasis on the nature of being by Descartes
  • Various criticisms of his ontological argument
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