René descartes ( ), translated by, john veitch ( after several years working on a treatise putting forth his mechanistic philosophy and physics, Descartes shelved the project philosophy when his contemporary, Galileo, was charged with heresy.
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It is only meditations the will, or freedom of choice, which I experience as so great that I cant make sense of the idea of its being even greater: indeed, my thought of myself as being somehow like God depends primarily upon my will.Rather, it philosophy is purely a perception by the mind alone formerly an imperfect and confused one, but now clear and distinct because I am now concentrating carefully on what the wax consists.For a life-span first can be divided into countless parts, each completely independent of the others, so that from my existing at one time it doesnt follow that I exist at later times, unless some cause keeps me in existence one might say that it creates.So the fact that I can clearly and distinctly think of one thing apart from another assures me that the two things are philosophy distinct from one another that is, that they are two since they can be separated by God.So they cant have been invented.The question What is the essence of triangles (or flames or sparrows)?It would have indicated un freedom only if it had come from the compulsion of something external, rather than coming from within myself.In that case, wouldnt it follow that there need be no philosophy cause for my existence? It remains for me only to ask how I james received this idea from God.
Then again, although these ideas dont depend on deutsch my will, it doesnt follow that they must come from things located outside.
This imagining, I elements find, takes more mental effort than understanding does; and that is enough to show that imagination is different from pure understanding.Nor is my power of understanding to blame: God world gave it to me, so there can be no error in its activities; when I understand something I undoubtedly understand it correctly.Of course God easily could have manual arranged things so that, while keeping although my freedom and still being limited in what I understand, I never made a mistake.My hope is that the answer to this will yield a new proof of the existence of a perfect being a proof that it will be easier for me to keep in mind even when I relax my concentration.The idea is, moreover, utterly clear and distinct.Similarly, although I feel heat when I approach a fire and feel pain when I go too near, there is no good reason to think that something in the fire resembles the heat, or resembles the pain.But perhaps no longer than that; for it might be that if I stopped thinking I would stop existing; and I have to treat that possibility as though it were actual, because my present policy is to reject everything that isnt necessarily true.This deception of the senses is natural, because a given kind of motion in the brain must always produce the same kind of sensation wordpress in the mind; and, given that this kind of motion usually analysis originates in the foot, it is reasonable that it should.Perhaps, though, there is another way of investigating whether some of the things of which I have ideas really do exist outside.I make mistakes, not surprisingly, because my nature involves nothingness or non-being that is, because I am not myself the supreme being, and lack countless perfections.How could I grasp this unless I had an idea of a perfect being, which enabled me to recognize my own defects by comparison?This convinced me that I had nothing at all in my intellect that I had not previously had in sensation.When I imagine a triangle, for example, I dont merely understand that it is a three-sided figure, but I also see the three lines with my minds eye as if they were present to me; that is what imagining.For where could the effect get its reality from if not from the cause?I can easily believe that in the case of God, also, existence can be separated from essence, letting us answer the essence question about God while leaving the existence question open, so that God can be thought of as not existing.