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  • Cause Of Descartes Own Contingent Existence
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    DESCARTES' MEDITATIONS FROM: Descartes, Philosophy of Rene Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy, Monarch Notes, 1 Jan 1963. Introduction. The Meditations were written in Latin and first published in Paris in 1641. Descartes dedicated this book to the Dean and Faculty of Theology at the University of Paris. He believed that the approbation of those theologians would constitute a public testimony of approval and support of the truth in the content of his work. The Meditations are the most im...
  • Descartes Proof Of The Existence Of God
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    The quandary of the existence of God has troubled mankind for thousands of years. The existence of God was once never denied, as His presence, His existence was evident in miracles and the people's faith. But time and the advancement of modern science have called God and His very nature into question. The Perfect Being has become the source of much doubt and controversy. What was once certain and surely unquestionable has become the most questioned. The faithful, believing people have become uns...
  • Existence Of God
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    The existence of God has been a question since the idea of God was conceived. Descartes tries to prove God's existence, and to show that there is without a doubt something external to one's own existence. He is looking for a definite certainty, a foundation upon which he can base all of his beliefs and know that they are true. Descartes' overall project is to find a definite certainty on which he can base all of his knowledge and beliefs. Descartes attacks the principles that support everything ...
  • Descartes Claims Of The Body's Necessary Existence
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    Erik IrreModern Philosophy December 16, 1999 Paper 1, Section 2 If these great thinkers (Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz) were to discuss instead the soul's connection to the body, what might each say (both on his own behalf and in response to the other)? Would they find any places where they might agree? If not, why not? (These are, after all, smart guys!) Though this sort of meeting would strike me as a debate with as furiously disparate and uncompromising ideals as one would find in a meeting...
  • Mental Events And Physical Events
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    For centuries philosophers have debated on monism and dualism, two different philosophical views of the human person. Philosophers have been trying to decipher whether the person is made up of the mind, the body, or both. Monists hold the belief that existence is purely based upon one ultimate "category of being" this means that either the person is made up of only the body or only the mind (Morris p 155). Dualists hold the belief that existence is based upon the body as well as the mind and its...
  • Humanity With Innate Ideas
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    In John Locke's Essay of Human Understanding he successfully sets the foundation for disproving the doctrine of innate ideas through the use of several refutations. Further critical scrutiny and explanation of Locke's criticisms make for a solid argument that innate ideas cannot possibly exist. Locke's strong arguments derive from empirical proofs and observations in the world around us. John Locke begins his denial of innate ideas by stating a fact: humanity has the capacity to acquire knowledg...
  • Connection Between The Mind And The Body
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    ... ther none of which he can deny or explain. The last and most important part of the 'I' is the mind. It is the thinking thing that proves his existence. An evil genius could trick him neither into believing this body is his when it is not, but his mind cannot be replaced nor absent without a loss of existence. Also, the mind and soul can sense and move, as they do in dreams, while the body remains motionless, almost absent. Now, he has some understanding of what the 'I' is, but how does it re...
  • Berkeley's Two Arguments Of Resemblance And Inconceivability
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    5. Explain and assess Berkeley's most powerful reasons for thinking that things other than minds have no absolute existence altogether apart from or independent of minds. Metaphysics is the study of the ultimate nature of reality and deals with what is truly real as oppose to what appears to be real. Berkeley is an idealist who believes that things other than minds have no absolute existence altogether apart from or independent of minds. He has several arguments but only the resemblance argument...
  • George Berkeley And His Philosophy
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    "George Berkeley: Esse Est Perc ipi?" George Berkeley was an ordained Catholic priest who lived during the 17th century (Price, 206). He wrote some of the most profound works of this time period, which at best, is characterized by the Rationalist and British Empiricist movements. Berkeley was a member of the Empiricists. As a whole, the British Empiricists believed that knowledge is derived from the senses and "sense experience" (Price, 193). Therefore, they believed that no innate knowledge exi...
  • Physical Body And Mind Being
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    Do We Have Souls? On the question of 'Do we have souls' and 'Can they survive after death', this writer will attempt a reasoned explanation and defense of my views to this philosophical question. After careful explanation of my own views, thoughts, and careful examination of the selected materials for this paper; I have come to this conclusion: unlike the problem of free will, the question of human being shaving souls and their survival after the physical body is deceased, is not an easily argue...
  • Physical Piece Of Wax
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    Descartes epistemology is known as foundational ism. In his Meditations, Descartes tries to discover certain, indubitable foundations for knowledge. He is searching for absolute certainty, and does this by subjecting everything to doubt. Through this he reaches the one thing he believes to be certain, his existence. In Meditation One, Descartes describes his method of doubt. He subjects all of his beliefs to the strongest of doubts. He invokes the notion of an all-powerful, evil demon who could ...
  • Distinction Of Mind And Body
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    In the Meditations, Rene Descartes attempts to doubt everything that is possible to doubt. His uncertainty of things that existence ranges from God to himself. Then he goes on to start proving that things do exist by first proving that he exists. After he establishes himself he can go on to establish everything else in the world. Next he goes to prove that the mind is separate then the body. In order to do this he must first prove he has a mind, and then prove that bodily things exist. I do agre...
  • First Argument For The Existence Of God
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    Discuss the extent to which Descartes has overcome his doubts of the first Meditations In Descartes' meditations, Descartes begins what Bernard Williams has called the project of 'pure enquiry' to discover an indubitable premise or foundation to base his knowledge on, by subjecting everything to a kind of scepticism now known as Cartesian doubt. This is known as foundational ism, where a philosopher basis all epistemological knowledge on an indubitable premise. Within meditation one Descartes su...
  • God Without Existence
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    In the New Merriam Webster Dictionary, sophism is defined as a plausible but fallacious argument. In Rene Descartes Meditation V, he distinguishes the existence of God, believing he must prove that god exists before he can examine any corporeal objects outside of himself. By proving that the existence of God is not a sophism, he also argues that God is therefore the Supreme Being and the omnipotent one. His conclusion that God does exist enables him to prove the existence of material things, and...
  • Existence Of An External World
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    Descartes is famed by is familiar notion, "I think therefore I am (Cogito, ergo sum. )". It is a conclusion he has reached in his second meditation after much deliberation on the existence of anything certain. After he discovers his ability to doubt and to understand, he is able to substantiate his necessary existence as a consequence. What we doubt or understand may not ultimately correspond, but we can never be uncertain that we are in the process of thought. This idea is a major component in ...
  • Existence Of External Object
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    In his sixth meditation Descartes must return to the doubts he raised in his first one. Here he deals mainly with the mind-body problem and tries to prove whether material things exist with certainty. In this meditation he develops his dualist argument; by making a distinction between mind and body; although he also reveals that the are significantly related. He considers existence of the external world and whether its perception holds any knowledge of this world. He also questions whether this ...
  • Proof Of The Existence Of God
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    Throughout history It has been man kinds quest to find a proof of the existence of God. Even today, religious archeologist, plunder the Earth, looking for Noah's Ark, The Ark of the Covenant, or the site Jesus Christ was thought to have been buried. These men and women are searching for artifacts to prove the existence of God to people who believe there is no God. Many people, however, do not need artifacts to prove God's existence, they have faith, and like St. Anselm of Canterbury, believe tha...
  • My Actively Perceiving Mind
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    As man progressed through the various stages of evolution, it is assumed that at a certain point he began to ponder the world around him. Of course, these first attempts fell short of being scholarly. As time passed on, though, these ideas persisted and were eventually tackled by the more intellectual, so-called philosophers. This, excavation of "the external world" began. As the authoritarianism of the ancients gave way to the more liberal views of the modernists, two main positions concerning ...
  • Disembodied Existence As Pure Mind
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    Descartes Essay Can you make any sense of the notion that you might continue to exist in a disembodied state? The question regarding the possibility of disembodied existence raises one of the oldest problems of philosophy -the mind body issue - which concerns the precise nature of the relationship between mind and body. The relationship between mind and body has been the subject of philosophical debate since the emergence of sustained philosophical inquiry, and has spawned distinct branch of phi...
  • Primary And Secondary Qualities
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    Idealism is a very radical way of solving the mind-body problem, and what I mean by that is that it totally takes out matter and uses the mind as the sole reality. Idealists believe that the mind is reality. Idealism is a meta. Personally myself, I believe that I am and Idealist. The reason I think this is because of one main incentive monism. Thinking that the ultimate reality consists of one thing, for me that one thing is God. Personally I think that everything came from God, he perceives all...

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