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Rene Descartes

Meditation on First Philosophy

  • Yuliya Tazabekovahas quoted5 months ago
    But finally, what shall I say of the mind itself, that is, of myself ? for as yet I do not admit that I am anything but mind.
  • Yuliya Tazabekovahas quoted5 months ago
    But I judge that there are human beings from these appearances, and thus I comprehend, by the faculty of judgment alone which is in the mind, what I believed I saw with my eyes.
  • Yuliya Tazabekovahas quoted5 months ago
    nd there are besides so many other things in the mind itself that contribute to the illustration of its nature, that those dependent on the body, to which I have here referred, scarcely merit to be taken into account.
  • Yuliya Tazabekovahas quoted5 months ago
    And what is here remarked of the piece of wax, is applicable to all the other things that are external to me.
  • Yuliya Tazabekovahas quoted5 months ago
    For if I judge that the wax exists because I see it, it assuredly follows, much more evidently, that I myself am or exist, for the same reason:
  • Yuliya Tazabekovahas quoted5 months ago
    regarded the body, I did not even doubt of its nature, but thought I distinctly knew it, and if I had wished to describe it according to the notions I then entertained, I should have explained myself in this manner: By body I understand all that can be terminated by a certain figure; that can be comprised in a certain place, and so fill a certain space as therefrom to exclude every other body; that can be perceived either by touch, sight, hearing, taste, or smell; that can be moved in different ways, not indeed of itself, but by something foreign to it by which it is touched [and from which it receives the impression]; for the power of self-motion, as likewise that of perceiving and thinking, I held as by no means pertaining to the nature of body; on the contrary, I was somewhat astonished to find such faculties existing in some bodies.
  • Yuliya Tazabekovahas quoted5 months ago
    clear (since to be deceived and to err is a certain defect) that the probability of my being so imperfect as to be the constant victim of deception, will be increased exactly in proportion as the power possessed by the cause, to which they assign my origin, is lessened. To these reasonings I have assuredly nothing to reply, but am constrained at last to avow that there is nothing of all that I formerly believed to be true of which it is impossible to doubt, and that not through thoughtlessness or levity, but from cogent and maturely considered reasons; so that henceforward, if I desire to discover anything certain, I ought not the less carefully to refrain from assenting to those same opinions than to what might be shown to be manifestly false.
  • Yuliya Tazabekovahas quoted5 months ago
    is clear (since to be deceived and to err is a certain defect) that the probability of my being so imperfect as to be the constant victim of deception, will be increased exactly in proportion as the power possessed by the cause, to which they assign my origin, is lessened. To these reasonings I have assuredly nothing to reply, but am constrained at last to avow
  • Yuliya Tazabekovahas quoted5 months ago
    Thinking is another attribute of the soul; and here I discover what properly belongs to myself.
  • Yuliya Tazabekovahas quoted5 months ago
    esides, I have frequently, during sleep, believed that I perceived objects which I afterward observed I did not in reality perceive.
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