02-23 Descartes' Second Meditation

02-23 Descartes' Second Meditation - WHAT AM I? DESCARTES...

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“WHAT AM I?” DESCARTES’ SECOND MEDITATION            February 23, 2009 What is my essential nature?     (i.e. what are my essential properties?) X is part of W’s essential nature if and only if W cannot fail to possess X. Example   3-sided is part of a triangle’s essential nature (i.e. 3-sidedness is a property of an essential triangle) What is essential to my nature? o Some suggestions:     Nutrition Movement  Sense-perception Having a body Descartes,      2    nd     Meditation     , Reader p. 87     “What then am I? A thing that thinks. What is that? A thing that doubts, understands, affirms, denies, is willing, and also imagines and has sensory experiences.” I am a thinking thing. (a thinking thing and not a bodily thing) The only property essential to my nature is thought. What is the significance of learning that I am essentially a thinking? The answer has to do: 1. With what I’ve come to know here at the foundation 2. With how I’ve come to know this.  “tell me, what do you know with the most certainty?”
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This note was uploaded on 03/01/2009 for the course PHIL 20B taught by Professor Tsompanidis during the Spring '08 term at UCSB.

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02-23 Descartes' Second Meditation - WHAT AM I? DESCARTES...

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