Episode 23. Philosophy of Existence & God

Join host Bro Jack Aquilina as we journey through some of philosophical arguments and contemplations about our existence and place in the universe through the thoughts of some of Western philosophies greatest contributors. Our existence and the existence of a higher power is a powerful contemplation that you are asked to undertake as a freemason especially in order to better understand our place in the universe and ourselves. We consider the ontological problem argued by Rene Descartes especially his famous contention in favour of self existence and the existence of god, “I think therefore I am”. We also consider some rebuttals to Descartes famous argument and then finish the episode with a reading of Descartes famous Treatise of Man and the Pineal Gland.

Show Notes

Chapter 7 of Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting the Reason, and seeking the Truth in the Sciences by Rene Descartes (1637)

Descartes Ontological Argument by Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group Publishing 

Treatise of Man by Rene Descartes 

Explanation of the Ontological Problem 


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