Rene Descartes’s Meditations on First Philosophy
- What two habits of mind are required to understand Descartes’s Meditations, according to the author?
- What does Descartes doubt in the First Meditation, and what is his aim?
- How does Descartes describe himself in the Second Meditation, and what clear and distinct idea does he arrive at?
- What does Descartes conclude from the Wax example?
- How are the mind and body related, according to Descartes?
- What does Descartes mean by a “clear and distinct idea”?
- What arguments does Descartes employ in the Third and Fifth Meditations to prove the existence of God?
- How does Descartes affirm the existence of the external world? Explain.