decartes - Brian Cwik PHIL 2003 25 March 2007 The Mind is...

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Brian Cwik PHIL 2003 25 March 2007 The Mind is the Source of all Knowledge In Meditation II by Descartes, the body of all the knowledge that humanity possesses is examined and is eventually found to come from the mind. Descartes’ assessment begins with the wax, followed by several premises. Through the use of his five premises, Descartes argues that the mind, rather than the eyes leads him to his conclusion pertaining to the wax, while also bringing him to realize that the mind is the source of knowledge of the external world. Descartes’ main argument relates a piece of wax to its morphological counterparts, and how one comes to conclusions about the nature of wax solely through the mind. After contemplating several premises, Descartes surmises that, “Certainly none of the aspects that I reached by means of the senses (67).” Clearly, he is stating that sight; smell, touch, taste, and sound had nothing to do with his belief that the mind is capable of obtaining all external knowledge. While he does discuss the look, smell,
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This note was uploaded on 04/27/2008 for the course PHIL 2003 taught by Professor Barber during the Spring '08 term at Arkansas.

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decartes - Brian Cwik PHIL 2003 25 March 2007 The Mind is...

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