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Lecture 6

PHL105Y5 Lecture 6: 2 Descates' Cogito

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Bernard Katz

Cogito Ergo Sum Descartes begins Meditation II with a review of position to which he has been led. Then he asks a new question: ... am not I at least something? He continues: But I have just said that I have no senses and no body. This s i the sticking point: what follows from this? Am I not so bound up with a body and with senses that I cannot exist without them? But I have convinced myself that there is absolutely nothing in the world, no sky, no earth, no minds, no bodies. Does it now follow tha I tt oo do not exist? No: if I convinced myself of something then I certainly existed. But there is a deceiver of supreme power and cunning who l ib eeately and constantly deceiving me. In that case I too undoubtedly exist, if he is deceiving me; and let him deceive me as much as he can, he will never bring it about that I am nothing so long as I think that I am something. His arg
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