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Meditations on First Philosophy : Rene Descartes Descartes’ Meditations on First Philosophy begins with a Meditator reflecting upon the number of falsities he has believed in during his life. As a result he decides he rebuild his knowledge from scratch, only accepting knowledge he knows to be entirely certain. He is able to conclude his own existence through his ability to think and decides that because he came to this conclusion through use of his intelligence, his mind has a higher ability to “know” than does his body. The Meditator then goes on to question the existence of God and whether he is deceitful. He decides that there is no way he could have made up the idea of God because the idea is too perfect. Only a being as perfect as God could come up with such an idea and because of his perfection he would never deceive anyone. Next the Meditator questions material things. He recognizes the main qualities of body (being shape, breadth, size, and so on) while its main attribute is extension. He also reasons that because he is able to clearly perceive
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