Rene Descartes's Meditations on First Philosophy

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Rene Descartes's Meditations on First Philosophy

  • What two habits of mind are required to understand Descartes's Meditations, according to the author?
  • What does Descartes doubt in the First Meditation, and what is his aim?
  • How does Descartes describe himself in the Second Meditation, and what clear and distinct idea does he arrive at?
  • What does Descartes conclude from the Wax example?
  • How are the mind and body related, according to Descartes?
  • What does Descartes mean by a "clear and distinct idea"?
  • What arguments does Descartes employ in the Third and Fifth Meditations to prove the existence of God?
  • How does Descartes affirm the existence of the external world? Explain.

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