9.22.04 - Meditation V

9.22.04 - Meditation V - Descartes says he can't rely on...

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Descartes says he can’t rely on senses, and he hasn’t given them back by the end of meditation 4. Meditation 5: 2 Questions 1. Are there things in the world outside me. 2. Does God Exist? Strategy Regarding Question 1 - Look at my ideas of material objects o Are they clear? - My ideas of material objects reveal they all have the property of being continuous. (When I think about a chair in a room, it continues to stay there and takes up space. I can measure it etc.) o Descartes calls this property Quantity (yields length, breadth, and depth) - I also find countless ideas which have “true and immutable natures” – hence the were not fabricated by me – I know them clearly.” - I must assent to them if I know them clearly and distinctly (innate, God (?), number) - Mathematical truth are the most certain of all. - Hence – if my ideas of objects allow me to quantify them, i.e. Measure them – then, since clear and distinct ideas are true and my ideas of material objects are both clear and quantifiable – then material objects exist. If and idea is true, clear, distinct and measurable, it must exist.
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2008 for the course PHIL 1204 taught by Professor Jcpitt during the Fall '07 term at Virginia Tech.

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