Unformatted text preview: Descartes then talks about the different shapes that the wax can be molded into. He says that we can imagine the wax shaped as a triangle or as a square and probably countless other shapes, and yet Descartes argues that we still understand that the wax is capable of more forms that even we can imagine. Professor Hoffman was touching on this when he spoke about our cognitive ability to imagine multisided shapes in our head and how at a certain number of sides it becomes impossible to envision it. So shape, or wax’s ability to change shape for that matter, cannot be its essence either. Likewise, it is not within the realm of our imagination to understand wax’s essence. It is only through one type of understanding that we can find the essence of wax, reason. Through reason we can grasp that wax is simple an extension of matter....
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PHIL 30i taught by Professor Hoffman during the Spring '08 term at UC Riverside.
- Spring '08