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Yesenia Muruato March 15, 2017 Philosophy 106 Exam 1 Re-Write Rene Descartes was the modern father of western philosophy. In his book, Meditations On First Philosophy in order to explain what is real he decides to understand what is not real. He brings into question the ability of what our senses do. Descartes explains that the only thing he is certain of is that as humans we are thinking things. Everything else we are certain that they are objects that occupy space. He explains that we can not use our senses to prove an idea, because our senses often mislead us. This is why in his meditations he decides to bring everything into doubt. Descartes uses the example of the wax, he describes the object to be cold and easy to touch. When he brings the object close to the fire he says the piece of wax starts to melt and makes the smell of honey faint. The original color of the wax and shape is changing. Descartes then explains the difference the fire made when he placed the wax close to it. Although the wax is different from its starting point, we still know that the object is a piece of wax.(p.31) The
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