First he shows the difference between pure intellect or understanding and imagination. He uses the example “When I imagine a triangle I only conceive that is a figure comprehended by three lines”. (Descartes IV) This is saying we can only imagine or think of something that we can only understand. He supports this by using him trying to imagine a figure with a thousand sides in which he argues we can not do, if we do not know how an object looks. “These ideas must come from someplace; they must exist either in me or in something else, a certain active faculty of producing or bringing about these ideas." (Descartes IV) Therefore the action of the mind influences the actions of the body. Descartes also gives another example of being “Informed by parties whose arm or leg had been a...
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...on just because someone can’t imagine it or see it happening does not make it non existence in my mind.
In conclusion I appreciate Descartes challenging us to think outside the box on the relationship between the mind and body but he did not prove the mind and the body as being separated. When I think of the word separate I think of the word disassociated. It is clear the mind and the body are connected in some way in which they need each other to function. He did prove they were different on how they function. He showed the different roles each one plays in our existence in our everyday life, but in my opinion he did not prove them to be separated in a sense. In the mediations it just proves to me that the mind and the body need each other in order to work. Therefore if two things need each other to work they are not separate from each other they are connected.
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