Descartes' "Meditations": Mind/Body Distinction

leading one to come to the ultimate conclusion that the mind is really distinct from ones body by applying his theory of the Other Mind. II. THE OTHER MIND

Rene Descartes/Meditation III

thing that thinks" (Descartes, 2001). He affirms that he is a thinking being who is capable of doubt and affirmation, denial and knowledge. He is certain that he thinks and

The First and Second Meditations of Descartes

consider whether this implies that what he perceives through sensory data can also be considered as true. He begins the First Meditation by stating that

Rene Descartes’ Method of Systematic Doubt Described in “Meditations I”

doubt or "method of systematic doubt," which was comprised of sense doubt, dream doubt and demon doubt. This was Descartes way of distinguishing between real and unreal, or perhaps

God Does Exist

acknowledges the fact that at times he acknowledges the truth and reality of a tangible thing, or an emotion or a feeling and then later he finds out that his

Descartes / First Meditation

doubt about that knowledge. It is a matter of taking an absolute position and stripping it of its dogmatic stand and imposing the question on it: What else is possible?

Descartes/Meditation III

can be sure. As he begins Meditation III, Descartes describes himself as "a thing that thinks." While Descartes grants that what he perceives or imagines may be nothing apart

The Implications of Descartes's Meditations

Ren? Descartess Meditations to some extent helps to explain life, but they are as confusing as they are profound. One example of how confusing the meditations can be comes from

Descartes' First Meditation

an "endless labor"; "but, as the removal from below of the foundation necessarily involves the downfall of the whole edifice, I will at once approach the criticism of the principles

The Importance of the Painter Analogy

does not know if he is dreaming or not and finally, the last statement in the proof is a conclusion that says that he does not know whether or not

Malcolm's Analysis of Descartes' Dreaming Argument

not dreaming. Using deductive reasoning, one would have to agree that the argument is valid. The argument is not necessarily sound though because people do know that they are

DESCARTES AND THE ART OF DREAMING

dream"(Descartes 2003). This thinking leads Descartes to reason that he has taken for granted a great deal. What really seems to bend his mind is the fact that

Rene Descartes/ The Evil Demon

is still whole. This train of thought, in turn, caused him to postulate that he might have been deceived by some "evil genius," who influenced his senses to provide

Rene Descartes/Proofs of God in Meditations

Meditations demonstrates how Descartes went about reconciling the existence of God to what he observed about the unreliability of his senses and the nature of reality. Descartes states that

"The Dream of Descartes" by Jacques Maritain

God, was not a true form of philosophical thought, for all philosophical thought should include the understanding of Gods participation in mankinds existence. Now, this, it should be understood, is