Meditation VI – Of the existence of material things, and of the Real distinction between the soul and the body of Man.

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Meditation VI – Of the existence of material things, and of the Real distinction between the soul and the body of Man.

 

Imagination

 

  • When I imagine something, it is present to my mind
  • Imagination is distinct from though
    • I can think of a chiliagon but cannot imagine it
  • Effort is required for imagination, but not for thought
  • Imagination is not essential to me, I can exist without it
  • Thoughts turn to your own ideas, yet imagination to your body
  • Imagination seems to require the existence of a body – not for certain though.

 

Problems

 

  • Again, the issue of conceptually to ontological. Just because I can think I exists without an imagination does not mean it is not essential ontologically to me

 

Reasons for thinking that material objects exists

 

  • Ideas appeared against my will
  • More vivid than ideas I imagine
  • All ideas from the imagination come from the senses
  • I sense pain and pleasure in my body, but not objects external to me
    •  
      • Dreaming
      • Phantom Limb Syndrome
      • Sense deception due to perspective
      • Deceived in my own nature
      • Unknown faculty that produces these images from within

 

Mind Body distinction

 

  • The mind is divisible while as the body isn’t (can’t have ½ a thought)
  • Argument from knowledge
    • I am certain I exist as a thinking thing, but unsure about my body
    • Therefore I am a

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