Descartes Vs. Descartes 's Meditation

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Human beings are thinking creatures, but they are more complex than that. They live their lives with diverse memories and experiences to guide them along the way. To prove that a person knows whom they are by proving that they think is nonsensical. Within Descartes’s meditation is the nature of humans will be shown through the thinking thing or Cogito but this is not accurate at all because humans are more complex beings than just thinking things. First, I will demonstrate what the second meditation, its fifth objection, and Descartes reply are instructing on. Then I will address the Cogito and how it does not prove the existence of the nature of humans, as Descartes’s believes it does. Finally, I will show how the reply does not meet the requirements of proof of the Cogito and the nature of humans. Descartes is trying to prove the one universal truth that cannot be erased with any doubt in the second meditation. The Cogito, or the thinking thing is what Descartes shows to explain who he is and the absolute truth of the world that cannot be destroyed by the malicious demon. The objection to this reveal is that what Descartes proved was nothing more than what could be shown already with the senses and preconceived ideas of what the person was. Descartes also showed what the person was not rather than what they are. Descartes believes that all the attributes of a substance form create what the substance actually is but all he is doing is naming the components of a substance and not its actual name. The Cogito is the thinking thing, something that can doubt, deny, imagine, understands, willing, affirms, unwilling, and has sensory perceptions. This is what Descartes believes himself to be, the only thing that can prove tha... ... middle of paper ... shows that the mind expands already seen pieces to create a new picture. Without seeing an example of what wax is there is no way to demonstrate that the change in shape is still a piece of wax. Descartes’s Cogito is just a piece of knowledge that was already known before he proved it. In all actuality, this meditation and reply had no impact at all on the way that the mind is perceived. This does not demonstrate the superiority of the mind in any shape or form. The Cogito, the grand knowledge of the mind and all the attributes that make up an item are nothing more than tools to be used and cannot create the grand conclusion of figuring out who a person truly is. Overall this did not overcome the malicious demon due to the fact that this was a foreseen conclusion about humanity because the idea of thought in a thing has been around since the dawn of time.

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