Blog Prompt 15: According to Descartes, how do we know the mind is separate from the body? Do you agree? Explain. What does Descartes identify as the possible sources of his ideas? Which category does his idea of perfection fit into? What source would you identify for your own idea of perfection?

Meditation III. Of God: that He exists.

  • Considering my own nature   – a more familiar acquaintanceship with myself

I am a thing  – thinks

doubts

affirms

denies

knows few things

ignorant of many

[that loves, that hates]

wills

desires

imagines and perceives;

” I call perceptions and imaginations, inasmuch only as they are modes of thought, certainly reside [and are met with] in me.”

” But there was yet another thing which I affirmed, and which, owing to the habit which I had formed of believing it, I thought I perceived very clearly, although in truth I did not perceive it at all, to wit, that there were objects outside of me from which these ideas proceeded, and to which they were entirely similar. ”

We seem to believe that our knowledge is ours and ours alone. We fail to notice that it will can be false and come from other sources like our parents or events which have effected us. If not effected us may have some in contact with us.

Even adding little numbers and coming up with the same answer can be looked at as perhaps a deception. According to him there is still the question of where dose that knowledge coming from and if it, it self of any value.

“eason for following them in what regards truth and error.” – meaning if there was a falsehood found in this thinking we will never again think go it as true once again

impulses – there are things out of our control that make us think and conceder what is doing on – it is they that make us come up with our own conclusion  (which in it self is not is not really our own.)

Questions is anything really exists (?)

sufficient – should be found objectively

formal existence – causes for those ideas

  • ideas are merely copies of ideas which are perfect in them self

The idea that there could be a God is an idea that the author thinks already lives with in him, have that not been the case he would have now inclination of such knowledge.

Do ideas come from objects if so the effects of them are merely a “resettlement”

Week 11 (March 27-30)

Mon/Tues

Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy

Read Meditation III. Of God: that He exists, pages 12-16

Blog Prompt 15:

According to Descartes, how do we know the mind is separate from the body? Do you agree? Explain.

What does Descartes identify as the possible sources of his ideas? Which category does his idea of perfection fit into? What source would you identify for your own idea of perfection?

According to Descartes we are all a product of our environment, that is seen in his example of how he connects his views of that of a person who comes from an religious environment. He calls his prior knowledge that of a falsehood because it was give to him rather than found. It was one he, him self could now question nor answer. When knowledge comes from a source you than find to be not as solid you start to question everything that came from it. That can be feel in children who grow up thinking their parent are supper smart. Than discover that their parent isn’t as smart as they once thought. He him self thinks he is a thing that thinks, doubts, affirms, denies , knows few things, ignorant of many, that loves, that hates, Imagines and perceives. These are all things he said about him self in the article but to but more specific it is the “knows few things” witch is the one that connects to this of falsehood. The reason I believe after reading this article that mind is separate from the body to Descartes is that he thinks as hims self as a thing also than names a rock as a thing. But the differences between the two is one can think and have thoughts another just lays there. Possible source for his idea is that idea that we are thoughts come from other places like parents for example. Very few of us ever question their way of thinking and make the connection to how we our self think. There is no perfection, after all he him self admits that he is not always right, nor is he always wrong.

My own idea of perfection can be connected to my families. After all my mother and I seem to like the same type of man. She liked taller males and I too do enjoy that. My father isn’t so different from his father after all my mother has some similar facial features to that on my grandmother. My grandma on my fathers side, that too can be connected to the fact that we are the products of our environment.

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