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Descartes, Rene - Objectives of creation

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002940

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Rene Descartes – Key Philosophical Writings

 For although it may be a pious thought, as far as morals are concerned, to believe that God has created all things for us in as far as that incites us to a greater gratitude and affection toward Him, and although it is in some respects true, because there is nothing created from which we cannot derive some use, if it be but the exercise of our minds in considering it … it is yet not at all probable that all things have been created for us in such a manner that God has had no other end in creating them.  And it seems to me that such a supposition would be certainly ridiculous and inept in reference to questions of physics, for we cannot doubt that an infinitude of things exist, or did exist, though now they have ceased to exist, which have never been beheld or comprehended by man and which have never been of any use to him.

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Descartes, Rene

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