The Nature Of The Human Mind

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The Cogito argument, “I think, therefore I am” was a statement made by Descartes and is valid. The Second Meditation, “The nature of the human mind, and how it is better known than the body” the meditator is determined in his decision to search for uncertainty and to dispose anything that is false and contains the slightest doubt. The meditator supposes that what he sees does not exist, his memory is defective. He claims that, “… he has no sense, no body, and movements and places are mistaken ideas.” The meditator says that the only sure thing remaining is that there is no certainty. He claims that the physical world does not exist, which could inforce his nonexistence. Yet, he claims that in order to have doubts, he must exist. And…show more content…
The proposition, I am, I exist, is true whenever it is formulated in the mind. The cogito argument only works for thought. And individuals cannot say, “I walk, therefore I am,” because they would have to doubt that they are walking and walking is an action. The main reason an individual cannot doubt that they are thinking, is simply because of the fact that doubt itself is a form of thought.
According to Descartes’s Argument for Universal Doubt and Cogito Argument, the Cogito argument is indeed true because “Even if we assume that there is a deceiver, from the very fact that I am deceived it follows that I exist. In general it will follow from any state of thinking (e.g., imagining, feeling, sensing, reasoning) that I exist. While I can be deceived about the objective content of any thought, I cannot be deceived about the fact that I exist and that I seem to perceive objects with certain characteristics… Since I only can be certain of the existence of myself as long as I am thinking, I have knowledge of my existence only as a thinking things (res cognitans).” This argument is perfectly valid. Descartes believes that, “If I am thinking, then I exist.” It cannot be the case that I can be thinking but not exist, according to Descartes, in order to for someone to be thinking they have to exist. It could be the concept that I could exist and not be thinking, but never that I am thinking and do not exist. The
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