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zDescartes Handout - Objective reality Formal reality How...

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Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy I. First Meditation: Concerning those things that can be called into doubt Main purpose: Why does he undertake this experiment of doubting? What is the implication of destroying all foundations? Dream Hypothesis: What is different about math? Evil Genius Hypothesis: Conclusion: II. Second Meditation: Concerning the nature of the human mind: that it is better known than the body Main purpose: Eureka moment: Next problem, what is he? Explain the example of the wax. What does he conclude about the senses? Conclusion: III. Third Meditation: Concerning God, that he exists Main purpose: Clear and distinct: What is the problem with his ideas and the external world? What are the two classes of thought? What is his conclusion about ideas and judgment? Elaine Chou LARC Humanities Core
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Three kinds of ideas: Light of Nature: What is the purpose of the example of the sun?
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Unformatted text preview: Objective reality: Formal reality: How does he use objective and formal reality about the idea of God to prove that God exists? What of cause and effect? Why couldn’t he have invented God himself? What are the two reasons why he couldn’t have created himself? Why not his parents? What does the idea of a maker’s mark prove? Conclusion: IV. Fourth Meditation: Concerning the true and false Why is God not a deceiver? Judgment and Volition: What is it about our judgment and volition that explains why we make mistakes? VI. Sixth Meditation: Concerning the existence of material things, the real distinction between mind and body Main purpose: What is the difference between imaging and understanding? Example of a 1,000-sided triangle: Descartes says God gave him a body to experience the material world. How does this prove the material world exists? What is the difference between mind and body? Are they separate? Conclusion:...
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