Descartes Meditations

Descartes Meditations

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  • We mustn't blindly believe the falsehoods told to us throughout our life! 
  • Everything that is known must be doubted before it is truly understood.
  • Meditation I
  • "Doubt is the origin of wisdom."
  • We can only see the world through our own ideas, therefore everybody has their own perception of the world.
  • Meditation II
  • These ideas are separate from what they actually represent. 
  • Meditation II
  • They represent things external to the mind.
  • "Perception derives not from being touched or seen, but from being understood."
  • Meditation II
  • Meditation III
  • Something cannot be formed from nothing. The enormity of the idea of God could have only been granted to us by God himself.
  • The idea of God is Innate; it has always been with us.
  • "It must be concluded that the mere fact that I exist and have within me an idea of a most perfect being, that is, God, provides a very clear proof that God indeed exists."
  • Meditation II
  • Our inability to comprehend the mind of God, combined with a lack of knowledge could lead to error. 
  • Meditation IV
  • Finally, error could occur if there is a discrepancy between understanding and free will. 
  • "If I've got everything in me from God and He hasn't given me the ability to make errors, it doesn't seem possible for me ever to be in error."
  • External objects must be separated into those that are distinct and those that are obscure. 
  • Meditation II
  • These categories are then sub-divided into extension, duration, and movement.
  • Meditation V
  • God is a perfect being, and everything that's perfect exists. Therefore God exists
  • The existence of material other than yourself and God is possible because God is able to make said material. 
  • Meditation II
  • Imagination is like a mental picture; proving the existence of non-real material.
  • Meditation VI
  • Imagination is a "faculty of knowledge to the body which is immediately present to it...without intellection or conception."
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