Descartes Wax Passage

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Philosophy

 

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Robert W

 

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May 22, 2013

 

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However, the importance lies in the fact that by heating, the wax can be altered and the sensible properties are no longer the same. He then goes on to explain that even though this occurs, he is still able to mentally grasp the existence of the wax even with new properties. In realizing this, Descartes struggles with how it is he can grasp the wax without relying its sensible characteristics...
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He decides then that he is actually experiencing a manifestation of an idea that only his mind can perceive, instead of what he senses. He realizes the importance of the fact that something can be perceived by the mind even if sensible properties change. In applying that to the analysis of how he exists, he could deduce that regardless of him sensing himself, he can exist as an inspection of the mind...
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