imagination vs. intellect

imagination vs. intellect - decision using his senses and...

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Elzin1 Fatima Elzin Regan Penaluna Philosophy 25 April 2010 In Rene Descartes’ “Second Meditation”, he introduces the “piece of wax” example. This idea basically states that according to his intellect he knows that wax is wax whether it is in its original state or melted by a fire. But if Descartes had used his senses, he would not be able to differentiate between the two states, liquid wax and solid wax. This also applies to the example he uses when looking out his window and seeing men crossing the square. Descartes states that when using his mind and intellect he naturally assumes because of his judgment that the objects underneath the coats and hats are men. But, if Descartes made a
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Unformatted text preview: decision using his senses and imagination he could not assume that they were men, he uses the example of the objects underneath the coats being automatons (robots). When using his judgment or intellect he solves the problem of what is concealed under the hats and coats precisely, whereas if he uses his imagination hundreds of answers could be given. The example of the men in coats is similar to the wax example. Both examples prove that intellect is a better instrument to solve problems. Intellect doesnt consist of using your senses to solve a problem, but instead utilizes your reason. Descartes example of the men supports his point that intellect is superior to imagination....
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