PHIL - meditation 2

PHIL - meditation 2 - Jonathan Kalinowski Philosophy...

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Jonathan Kalinowski Philosophy question 3 September 9, 2007 The Meditator discusses the piece of wax to compare himself to it. He has already stated in Meditation One that he is looking to either prove or disprove the foundations of everything he believes. He understands that a “body” is a separate entity from the rest of the world and therefore he cannot prove his existence in terms of his own self. That would be a vicious cycle. He later states that he only exists in the mind and that he is certain that he is not certain about anything. The wax is a representation of the farces that nature itself distributes unto us humans. If the Meditator compares two like (both stemming from nature) objects and can prove that one is “deceitful” and not elegant, then he has succeeded in terms of moving towards what is certain through a process of elimination. Once he can prove or farcify one of his like objects, he knows that the other like object is just as false or just as true. The Meditator then goes on to prove that the wax only exists in the
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