Category Archives: Arguments for the Existence of God

Descartes Meditations – What are the Main Themes in Meditations on First Philosophy

Rene Descartes was a French Philosopher famous for the Trademark argument and a version of the ontological argument. What were the main themes in the book: Descartes ‘Meditations on First Philosophy?’ The book is written from the perspective of a gender neutral narrator, originally in French. Here is a brief summary of the key ideas […]

Is there a God? The Cosmological Argument According to Aquinas

The Cosmological Argument – Is there a God? The Cosmological argument for God’s existence argues from the ‘cosmos’ or universe itself.  It is therefore an A Posteriori argument – it is based on our experience of the universe and works up to God as a first cause. The basis of the argument is this… Everything […]

How successful is the Teleological argument in proving the existence of God?

For many scholars, the answer to the question of the Teleological Argument comes down to probability. Which is more probable, God as a designer or the universe as ‘brute fact’? Does God Exist? Is the Teleological Argument for God’s Existence really ‘proof’? Even Hume, with all of his criticisms, accepts that the the teleological argument […]

Descartes Version of the Ontological Argument

Rene Descartes (1596—1650) What was Descartes Ontological Argument? Descartes Ontological Argument uses the example of triangle to try to prove God’s existence. Descartes Ontological argument is that existence is necessary to God as 3 sides are necessary to a triangle.  In this argument, existence is a predicate. Descartes writes this argument in his Meditations on […]

The Ontological Argument for the Existence of God

What is the Ontological Argument? The Ontological argument for God’s existence is often the most difficult to understand.  I would like to simplify the argument and break it down into easy understandable steps! The Ontological argument is a popular exam or essay question in AS, A-Level and degree level philosophy. The Ontological argument was first […]

Design Argument
Arguments for the Existence of God

All you need to know about the Design Argument

 What is the Design Argument? The teleological or design argument is A posteriori, it uses our experience of ‘design’ in the world to argue for the existence of a designer – God. Examples of this could be the sky, the human brain, even emotions – the concept would say that if things exist they must […]