Rene Descartes and the Union of Religion and Philosophy


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According to Descartes, why must God exist?

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1. Which statement correctly reflects Descartes' response to Chandoux?

2. Stars appear much closer than they are. What does this prove for Descartes?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These assessment tools will help you gauge your understanding of the work of Rene Descartes, including his arguments on religion and science. You will be quizzed on the beliefs of Descartes and his disagreement with a well-known scientist.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The practice questions will ask you about the following:

  • Why Descartes believed God must exist
  • Individual who said that science was based on probability
  • Philosopher who said that the senses could be deceived
  • How Descartes believed perceptions could be wrong
  • Who Descartes famously confronted

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the ideas of Descartes
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about philosophy and religion in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Descartes' belief about the fallibility of perceptions

Additional Learning

To learn more about this famous philosopher, review the corresponding lesson titled Rene Descartes and the Union of Religion and Philosophy. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn about the philosophic climate Descartes wrote in
  • Discuss Descartes' life and career
  • Explore the intersection of religion, science, and philosophy
  • Discuss Descartes' three arguments meant to encourage humanity to question their perceptions