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The Certainty Of The Mind: Arguements From Rene Descartes' Meditation Ii

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It is human nature to question our origins and wonder if we have purpose in this world. Rene Descartes sought to answers these questions by examining himself and God through his Meditations. In Meditation II, Descartes believes his mind is certain because he is able to perceive and understand thoughts. His many questions lead him from one idea of certainty to the next. The explanations of these ideas are clear enough for his argument to be considered true.
Descartes mind began to race in his first meditation. As he got older, he pondered if the facts and truths he knew before are still the same as they once were (Descartes, “Meditation I”). His whole world shook when he discovered he was ...view middle of the document...

He then uses logic to construct the theory of “I am, I exist” (Descartes, “Meditation II”).
This logic is the main reason Descartes’ argument can viewed as true. A mind is certain when it has the ability to not only think, but comprehend (Descartes, “Meditation II”). This may be the proof Descartes was looking for. The senses appeal to the brain to understand its surroundings. Descartes revealed the mind and he must exist because he is a “thinking thing.”
He also used logic in other examples to further bolster him claim. His comparison of the human body to a piece of wax is one such example. Descartes named all the characteristics of the wax in his hands and said, “All that contributes to make a body as distinctly known as possible, is found in the one before us.” The mind creates images to produce a reality of what the body is.
For his next experiment, Descartes placed the wax close to the fire and watched it melt. He saw all the traits of what defined the wax slowly disappear. Afterwards, Descartes asked, “Does the same wax still remain after this change?” He admitted the wax is still the same because of the images left behind in his mind (Descartes, “Meditation II”). The senses observed in the mind have not changed; therefore, the wax must still exist (Descartes, “Meditation II”). Another...

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