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Descartes Meditation Two Descartes comes up with the wax argument in order to explain what he is what man is His certainty that he exists that he can even utter or conceive the thought in his mind allows him to consider this idea and further develop it coming to his conclusion But before he begins his thinking on this subject he meditates on what he once believed himself to be Descartes starts by invalidating for the arguments sake any thought that could possibly be weakened by any argument What he hopes is left is only that which is certain and unshaken Only after doing this he begins his thinking on the question what is man He decides to focus only on the things that come spontaneously into his head when thinking about this question The first thoughts he talks about when doing this is those of the characteristics of the body and the soul To the soul he attributes his senses and his thoughts and that he takes in food and walks about Yet he doesnt quite know exactly or did not think about what a soul was To the body he attributes that he has a face hands arms and other bodily members However he had no doubts on what the body was He describes it as being capable of being bounded by some shape of being enclosed in a place and of filling up a space in such a way as to exclude any other body from it of being perceived by touch sight hearing taste or smell of being moved in several ways not of course by itself but by whatever else impinges upon it Supposedly this power of moving sensing and thinking according to Descartes in no way belongs to the nature of the body These powers are attributed to the soul What he has stated about the body and the soul he now questions when the idea
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