Review Questions For Descartes Set 2

Meditation Two

  1. With what resolution does Descartes begin Meditation Two?
  2. In Meditation Two Descartes claims to arrive at a proposition which "is necessarily true every time I utter it or conceive it in my mind." What is this proposition?
  3. Reconstruct in your own words the argument Descartes gives around paragraph 27 in Meditation Two for this proposition.
  4. What conclusion does Descartes draw about his own nature, and how does he draw it?
  5. Describe the wax example. What qualities of the wax does Descartes distinctly grasp? How is he able to grasp these qualities?
  6. What error does Descartes warn himself against at the beginning of paragraph 32?
  7. Through the use of what faculty does Descartes claim to know that the men he sees walking on the street are in fact men and not automata? Where does he locate this faculty?
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