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I think therefore I am Man wills refuses perceives understands and denies many principles As explained by Rene Descartes man is a thinking thing a conscious being who truthfully exists because he is certain that it is so All that man perceives is internally present and not external to him or his mind The focal point of the third meditation that must be dealt with is Can one perceive or confirm the existence of an idea or object that is external to him mainly - God There are three ways Descartes explains that one may come to the conclusion of an objects existence The first is through nature The second is through feeling an object independent of ones will for example heat and cold The third and most elaborated upon is the point of cause and effect or more simply the objective reality of an idea We will primarily deal with the third reason of cause and effect Descartes brings some examples to demonstrate his cause and effect theory More importantly is the logic that lies behind the actual theory The rationale that an object will have an effect is only if it stems from a legitimate cause A stone for example cannot be perceived accurately if there isnt an initial idea preceding with equal or superior properties in ones intellect The mind generates ideas and develops reality through previous schema or beliefs as Descartes states And although an idea may give rise to another idea this regress cannot nevertheless be infinitewe must in the end reach a first idea the cause of which is as it were the archetype in
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