Meditation six october 17

Meditation six october 17 - because our minds provide us...

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18 October 2007 Professor Efani Meditation Six 1. What is the chiliagon and what purpose does this example serve? 2. What is the essential difference between mind and body? Meditation six of Descartes Meditations on the First Philosophy concentrates on the existence of material objects as well as helping us to determine the differences between mind and body. He uses an example of a triangle and a chiliagon to explain the existence of material objects. He explains that with a triangle there are three sides and the image can readily be brought to mind but with a chiliagon all that can be imagined is “a figure conceived of a thousand sides.” His main point here being that a chiliagon is an example of our understanding. Although we cannot bring a proper picture to our mind we still are aware that it exists and have a general idea of what it would appear as. The triangle is clear and distinct while the chiliagon is something that helps to determine between intellect and imagination. We imagine the chiliagon
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Unformatted text preview: because our minds provide us with a general idea of it the purpose this serves in Meditation Six is to show that our intellect is different that our imagination and that this difference provides for how we view certain parts of the world. This leads us to the next issue which associates the differences between mind and body. He provides a proper argument for the disassociation of the two. The soul is in reality separate from the body, it does not require a body to think or decide. He argues that as God can create anything he can create distinct independent parts of the whole. Thinking can be perceived as completely separate from the body. The body can also be independent from the soul. The body is needed as a container for the soul from where it can act. Therefore he decides that God must have created him in this nature as a soul and body as one yet still able to completely independent from one-another....
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