PHIL101 UBC Freud's Perspective On Can God's Existence Be Proven?

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The essay should be about 1500 words in length, typed, double-spaced and carefully edited for grammar, spelling, organization, and clarity. I want you to limit yourself to either Freud's The Future of an Illusion or to the selections we have read from Introducing Philosophy. Your essay must have at least five short quotations that are integrated into your own sentences. Do NOT use block quotations. Also, do not refer to secondary sources in your essay. All the quotations should be from the writings of the philosophers you are discussing. Do not give any biographical material about the philosophers--choose a topic and stick to the topic. Here are the topics. The topics are obviously very general--you are free to treat them in any way you want to. The aim of your essay should be to cast an interesting light on these topics and to show that you have a good understanding of the issues involved.

1. Freud's criticism of philosophy.

2, Can God's existence be proven?

3. Aristotle's and Locke's views on substance.

4. Spinoza versus Leibniz on substance.

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Can God’s Existence be proven?
Freud’s Perspective
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Freud’s Perspective on Whether God’s Existence Can be proven
Freud argues against the existence of God. God, in this case, is the monotheistic A
monotheistic God is a God who rules over all and is not in any form present physically. Most
Jewish dissent religions believe in monotheistic Gods. The monotheistic God is, according to
Freud, an illusion. Freud’s philosophy was all about elimination of illusions. He is not blinded by
his believe not to look into other arguments because he believes in reason. He looks into some
arguments on the existence of God but all in all he does not get convinced. One idea he looks
into is the Brentano argument of the Existence of God among others (Solomon, Martin, &
Higgins, 2012). The philosophy of Freud challenges the existence of God and looks into religion
as an illusion that cannot be proven or disproven, and one that is not built on experience or
reason as discussed in this paper.

Brentano’s argument and Freud’s Refutation
Freud looks into Brentano’s argument in the existence of God. Brentano believes that it is
God’s nature to be viewed as perfect (Solomon, Martin, & Higgins, 2012). Brentano also
mentions that what is perfect is by nature necessary. He goes on to argue that what is necessary
is existent, which proves that God is existent. Brentano describes the existence of God as a
necessity that is transcendental, which is subjected to being from nowhere (ex nihilo), and to be
without the need of subject to record its effect. This argument may be seen as strong, but it was
far from convincing Freud. Freud appreciates the efforts of Brentano to prove the existence of
God with this argument, but he disputes it as being fallacious (Solomon, Martin, & Higgins,



2012). Freud says that the argument is bad ...

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