Study Questions for Meditations
5 and 6
For next time, I want you to focus on a question that Descartes
has raised a number of times in the Meditations: If God
is all-powerful and all-good, how is it that he can allow us
to be deceived. You will recall that he raised this issue in
the first Meditation only to put it to one side as he
proceeded to reflect on his beliefs. But now, at the close of
the Meditations, Descartes returns to it.
What is Descartes' account of the origin of human error? Why
does God allow us to be deceived? Why does this not make him
a deceiver, i.e., a less than perfect being?
In thinking about this question, be sure to go over his answer
in Meditation Six very carefully.