Descartes, Descartes And Descartes

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In Descartes third Meditation, Descartes comes to the posteriori that he is a thing that thinks. According to Descartes all mental operations are thoughts. Some of which include; imagining, sensing, reasoning, hoping, and doubting. Subsequently, he claims that thoughts are constructed of both a formal and an objective reality. In compliance with Descartes’ claims, I will argue that the supposition that the Meditator could potentially exist alone in the universe is possible because thoughts as indicators of existence can prevail, despite the inexistence of things other than the Meditator himself. I will begin by demonstrating how the representative property involved in objective reality can prevail without the existence of things other than the Meditator. Likewise, thoughts are independent from the external world because they originate in the mind. Afterwards I will show that the existence characteristic dictated by something’s formal reality can also exist without the existence of other things. This is because if thoughts, modes of the mind exist, then so does the mind. By objective reality, Descartes refers to something that is a representative entity. Because thoughts are produced by the mind, they can be both about existing as well as non-existing things. For instance, mental representations are the thoughts of things that are not within sight and therefore nonexistent. This means, that the existence of external things is unnecessary to formulate a thought. Hence,

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