PHIL - meditation 4 - Jonathan Kalinowski Meditation 4...

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Jonathan Kalinowski Meditation 4 Response September 20, 2007 1) Why does the Meditator need to provide a theory of error in Meditation Four? What are the central components of this theory? The Meditator needs to provide a theory of error in Meditation Four in order to prove that other things exist. It seems obvious once he answers his question, “What do I exist as?” with “a thinking thing” that he should ask the question, “What do other things exist as; do they even exist?” It is the next rung on the ladder to finding out what is certain in this life. When he asks this question, he realizes that he does not know what is true and what is false. He knows that God is an infinitely perfect substance; therefore God would not have anything to do with deceiving his thoughts so he concludes that his judgments are the sources of his errors. This is the main component of his theory; he states that he knows that his ideas themselves are not false because they are in his thoughts and his thoughts exist. However, once a person tries to put the idea of
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This note was uploaded on 03/17/2008 for the course PHIL 202 taught by Professor Seddon,freda. during the Fall '07 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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