I'm currently reading an excerpt from Descartes' Meditations, specifically the part where he attempts to prove the existence of god.
I found myself unable to properly understand his notions of 'formal' reality or truth as compared to 'objective' reality or truth.
The fact that an idea appears to him as something specifically, does not mean that it IS that something in reality (it might be merely appearance). However, taken purely in itself, at least the mental representation of the idea is real.
Is the former here what Descartes continues to denote with 'objective' reality and the latter 'former' reality, or the other way around? Every time I think I have it figured out what these two terms mean, he uses them in a confusing manner two sentences later. Please help! Sadly, I'm reading an (undoubtedly terrible) translation which does not contain original page numbers; I hope you are able to answer my question without these as reference!
Thanks in advance, and with regards,