Descartes’ Meditations Descartes’ Structure of Belief • What does he know with absolute certainty? ? God exists I exist (as a thinking thing) Why try to prove God exists? • Intellectual interest. • Divine Epistemological Certifier: –Are any of my beliefs accurate? –God wouldn’t let me be radically deceived. Divine Epistemological Certifier • If God wouldn’t let me be radically deceived, then how come I make mistakes in my perceptions? • The mistakes are my fault, not God’s (p. 39). • They are not mistakes of perception, but of jumping to a conclusion. Divine Epistemological Certifier • God certifies my perceptions when I don’t jump to conclusions: • If I “clearly and distinctly perceive” that something is so, then it necessarily is so (pp. 46 & 24!). • What does it mean to “clearly and distinctly perceive”? Descartes’ Second Pro of of God’s Existence : • Why a second pro of ? • The concept of God includes all perfections. • Existence is a perfection. • ∴ God has existence.
As a Catholic    in a Protestant nation, he was interred in a graveyard used mainly for orphans in Adolf Fredriks kyrka in Stockholm. His manuscripts came into the possession of Claude Clerselier , Chanut's brother-in-law, and "a devout Catholic who has begun the process of turning Descartes into a saint by cutting, adding and publishing his letters selectively."  In 1663, the Pope placed his works on the Index of Prohibited Books . In 1666 his remains were taken to France and buried in the Saint-Étienne-du-Mont . In 1671 Louis XIV prohibited all the lectures in Cartesianism . Although the National Convention in 1792 had planned to transfer his remains to the Panthéon , he was reburied in the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés in 1819, missing a finger and skull.  His skull is on display in the Musee de l'Homme in Paris.