Meditation on First Philosophy Essay

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First Essay Assignment Question: Meditation on First Philosophy It can be seen that Descartes Meditations on first philosophy raised a lot of questions regarding the existence and nature of the self, the existence of God, the nature of truth and the possibility of error, and finally also the essence and existence of bodies along other things. Descartes did all this through the medium of his six meditations. Descartes from his very first Meditation, that of concerning things that can be called in to doubt, gives reasons on why we should doubt all things, material or non-material, to be not true. He further goes on to state that, we must continue to doubt these things as being not true as long as we have no other reason to believe in…show more content…
Therefore, Descartes based solely on the strength of this belief, goes on to state that everything that he has a very clear and distinct idea of, he will perceive to be true. Descartes now realizing that in order to set up his argument, he has to prove whether or not God exist, and also whether or not if God is deceiving us. He starts off his proof by stating that there are three different types of ideas. These are as stated below: (1) Simple Ideas – These ideas, which can be false and doubted upon, are basically the representation of things in the world. (2) Volitions/Affects/Emotions – These ideas, which can also be false and doubted upon, add something to the representation of things in the world. (3) Judgements – These are the only types of ideas that can be true or false. Descartes also goes a step further by stating that there are three possible sources of ideas according to him. Theses are as follows: (1) Adventitious Ideas – These ideas are acquired from our senses. (2) Fabricated Ideas – These ideas are produced by taking existing ideas that we already know and combining them to form newer unknown ideas (3) Innate Ideas – These are not acquired through any form of sensory experience. Furthermore, according to Descartes Innate Ideas are also thought to have come from God himself. Having mentioned the possible sources of where
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