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Unformatted text preview: through thoughts. He confirms this concept by using metaphysics in his experiment with wax. He observes a piece of a cold wax and describes its color, shape, and size ( Meditations 21). Such qualities seem to remain constant. However, as he brings the wax close to the fire, its properties change. Although Descartes senses might indicate that it has changed, no one denies that the same wax still remains ( Meditations 21). It is only the imagination that tells the observer that the wax has changed. Therefore, the truth cannot be achieved by the faculty of imagination ( Meditations 22). Rather, a man knows the truth only through his mind alone, because his intellect allows him to perceive and understand distinctly. Accordingly, the idea that the meditator perceives and understands clearly is more distinct than the idea of corporeal things....
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PHIL 201 taught by Professor Wilson during the Spring '08 term at Emory.
- Spring '08