Meditation II – of the Nature of the Human mind; and that it is Easier to Know than the Body

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Meditation II – of the Nature of the Human mind; and that it is Easier to Know than the Body

 

Cogito

 

  • I am; I exist (I think therefore I am – Discourse)
  • This proposition is necessarily true every time I express it
  • The mere fact that I am able to doubt my own existence means that I am here to doubt and thus I must exist.
  • This is the point of foundation that Descartes will no build upon
  • Surely it must be true that any thought requires a thinker, what exactly would ‘just’ a thought be? Every attribute must have a substance.

 

Problems

 

  • Hume said when he inspected his thoughts he was aware of no ‘I’
  • Pre-supposes an ‘I’ to exist, the premise contains the conclusion.
  • Lictenburg – ‘there are thoughts, therefore thoughts’
  • Surely if he was being a through sceptic the evil demon could deceive him about this

 

The Wax

 

  • Take a piece

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