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Descartes Second Meditation Descartess Second Meditation discusses how a body can perceive things such as objects Perception is vital to his first theory that he thinks therefore he is In order to prove his conclusion he goes through a series of premises or arguments that lead him to his final conclusion In order to reach this conclusion he uses a process of elimination In Descartess final premise he uses the idea that in order to perceive something you must have a concept of it Therefore Im arguing that the final premise is flawed in that through this concept he is going against some of his very own ideas The conclusion of Descartess argument is I manifestly know that nothing can be perceived more easily and more evidently than my own mind His conclusion is reached through a process of argument elimination The argument begins with an implicit premise that bodies can perceive things in three ways These ways are through the senses the imagination or the intellect So his first premise implies that Descartes believes that there are only three ways to perceive things The structure of the argument is based around the type of argument known as an argument by elimination Argument made by elimination exists by beginning with a number of possibilities then ruling out all but one possibility therefore making that possibility be true In his argument he gives three possibilities in his first premise then rules out the first two to come to the conclusion stated above There are also some implicit premises through the argument The implicit premises are important in order to grasp the total effect of elimination In order to begin he implies that there are three possibilities rather than just stating that there are So as the first premise he uses the readers knowledge in order to begin his argument authority The next premise which is laid out explicitly is that bodies can not be
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