This comes up in the Rosenberg dialogue on pp. In the Preface to the Meditations, Descartes asks the reader "not to pass judgment on the Meditations until they have been kind enough to read through all these objections and my replies to them.
Even when a painter creates an imaginary creature, like a mermaid, the composite parts are drawn from real things--women and fish, in the case of a mermaid.
Their objections and his replies many of which are quite extensive were included in the first publication of the Meditations.
This is an important step. On this ground alone, I regard the common practice of explaining things in terms of their purposes to be useless in physics: it would be foolhardy of me to think that I can discover God's purposes. And, of course, he counters the evil genius argument by claiming clear and distinct knowledge of a benign, omnipotent God who is no deceiver.
It is not clear why Descartes thinks that inferior producers can only make defective products. Related Papers. Thus, error as a part of evil is not a positive reality, it is only the absence of what is correct.
Dreaming argument 3. Now, steps of that sort won't always be legitimate.