Descartes ' Meditations Of First Philosophy

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Christopher Joao
Philosophy- 201
Mr. Jurkiewicz
4 March 2016 Descartes’ - Meditation #2

Rene Descartes was a French philosopher born in 1596. He is considered by many the father of modern philosophy and continues to have tremendous influence in the philosophical world to this day. The book, Meditations of First Philosophy, consist of six meditations and describes one meditation per day for six days. In meditation two, he claims that we have better knowledge of our own minds than of the physical world. This proclamation has sparked debates between countless philosophers for centuries.
In meditation two, Descartes’ wax argument is an observation and an essential part of how he develops his theory of the mind and body being separate from each other. It begins by Descartes taking a piece of fresh wax and describing it. He describes the wax through his sensory perception of it. He describes the faint taste of honey, the smell of flowers, the yellow coloring, the cool to the touch, and the sound it makes when it is tapped. He takes all of these sensory perceptions and understands it to be a piece of wax. He then melts the wax. When the wax melted it eliminated all of the qualities he perceived it to have through his senses. When the wax melted the taste was gone, the smell and color were gone. It no longer made a sound when touched and it was now hot instead of cool. The wax was no longer the same. It was now different.
Even though the wax does not look the same as it
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