Lecture 3 - Descartes, Lecture #3 Concerning the Existence...

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1 Descartes, Lecture #3 Concerning the Existence of Material Things , and the Real Distinction between Mind and Body I. First Things First: Summary of what the Meditator knows. ± A. The Meditator exists and understands his essence (thinking). ± B. God exists and is not a deceiver. ± C. Clarity and distinctness indicate truth. ± D. Because his will is free and unlimited (infinite), he can make errors (his volition outruns his judgment). ± E. A cause must be adequate to create the effect. II. What this Meditation will do ± A. Ask whether the material world exists ± B. Establish the distinction between mind and body
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2 III. Does the material world exist? ± A. The difference between imagination and intellection ± 1. Can you imagine a triangle a chiliagon (1000-sided figure) a myriagon (10,000-sided figure) ± 2. To understand , the mind “turns toward itself” (93). ± 3. To imagine , the mind “turns toward the body” (93). III. Does the material world exist?
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