The Trademark argument

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What is the first key claim of the trademark argument?
The idea of God is innate- God is a supremely perfect being
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According to the Trademark argument, who put the idea of God into our heads?
God did, he placed there as a kind of trademark. Proving God exists.
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What is the causal adequacy principle?
A cause must contain as much power (or reality) as its effect
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What does the causal adequacy principle imply?
That only God could have caused our idea of him
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Why can't a person, experience or the universe cause our idea of God?
Because they are less supremely perfect than God. They're finite and imperfect.
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Why does the trademark argument mean God is real?
I could not exist with my idea of God, if God didn't exist.. If I could have created myself, I would have created myself as perfect Nor could I always have existed, because I would need just as much power to sustain my existence as to create it
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Why is the causal adequact principle wrong?
experience shows it’s wrong (e.g. a whisper can cause an avalanche / idea of spaceship can come from saucepans)
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Reply to the first Critcism?
The principle is a clear and distinct idea – it’s self-evidently true (if it wasn’t some events would be inexplicable, coming from nothing).
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What does Locke argue?
That if the idea of God is innate, then so must the idea of his attributes. But many don't know about omnipotence, benevolence, omniscience ect without education
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Where else could we get our idea of God from?
Psychologically and/or socially. (Frued- Primal horde and Oedopus complex- guilt) (Marx- social structure- to keep us busy)
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What are the working class known as (Marx)
Proletariat
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What are the middle/upper class known as (Marx)
Bourgeoisie
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Hume says we get the idea of God from ourselevs, how?
Negate the idea of finite or limit and then use it to augment our human attributes, to give divine perfection.
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What is a reply to Humes criticism?
This only gives the idea of potential not actual perfection, which is not as perfect.
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To conclude
DON'T DEFEND DESCARTES OR YOU WILL FAIL
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