Meditations On First Philosophy By Rene Descartes

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Have you ever woke up one morning and doubted everything you’ve ever thought? Doubted who you were? Doubted how you even got on Earth? For your whole life someone has told you how to think, how to act, and what to believe. Have you ever actually took a step back and secluded yourself from everything and started over? In the spring of 1640, Rene Descartes decided to do exactly that. He decided as an adult that the things he has believed his whole life might be false. He decided within himself that he had to seclude himself from anything that may impact his way of thinking. He starts to break down everything and start over. The only thing he has with him now is his doubts and that will help him seek more about the truth. Throughout the book “Meditations on First Philosophy” Rene Descartes will doubt the nature of the human mind, the existence of God, what is really true or false, the essences of material things, and the real distinction between mind and body. The first instance of knowledge that Descartes has is found in Meditation One. He realizes first that when you dream you are sensing real objects. While he writes the first book he is sitting by a fire. However, he knows in his dreams he can also be sitting next to a fire and believe that it is true. The images that we find in our dreams are drawn from real life experience. The Meditator compares the dream images almost like a painting. The colors within a painting are drawn from other colors and real life experiences. He also makes an example of the mermaid. A mermaid is drawn from being half women and half a fish. From the beginning he starts doubting things. He knows that he can doubt composite things like medicine and science. He also understands that he cannot doubt simp... ... middle of paper ... ...eans that when we finally understand God and his knowledge then we are capable of understanding anything in this world. The Meditator is saying before he had this knowledge about God he was incapable of understanding anything. Perfect knowledge comes from understanding the true God. When the Meditator achieved full knowledge of God he has truth about every science, intellectual matters, and pure mathematics. The Meditator has reached a stage where he has no reason to doubt anything anymore because he has found the true creator that holds all knowledge. By the end of the book the Meditator fully understands that the mind is far more complex then the body. The Meditator cannot complain the way that God created him is imperfect because he is only a small perfection of God’s larger creation. His role on this earth is perfect even if he feels himself that he is imperfect.
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