Rene Descartes and the Second MEDITATION

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Rene Descartes and the Second MEDITATION

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Surname 1NameProfessors nameCourseDateIntroduction: Rene Descartes Second MeditationRene Descartes is considered as one of the most important founders of modern dayphilosophy. Born in France, he is remembered excellence as a mathematician, scientists, andphilosopher. His greatest contribution to philosophy is his meditations. Descartes had taken adifferent opinion from his former philosophers about the state of a person's being (Descartes,Rene & Johnston 13). This paper aims at establishing what wax represents in Descartesmeditations. At the same time, this paper will show how Descartes used wax to explain thesuperiority of human intellect over the power of senses.What does the Wax Argument represent?In his second meditation, Descartes introduces the idea of wax freshly obtained fromhoneycombs. This is meant to explain the autonomy of the human mind or intellect in perceivingthings in our external surroundings, what is known as external stimuli (Gaukroger 78).According to Descartes, the wax argument follows that when the wax is freshly obtained fromthe honeycombs, the basic sensory abilities of touch, smell, as well as taste can effectively beused to identify wax from any other matter. However, when the wax is melted, the physicalproperties that enable the human senses to perceive it as such are lost. At this point, Descartesargues that the human senses cannot be entirely relied on to provide the perception of the worldand the matter in it. He argues

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