Essay heading: Meditations on Wax

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By showing that the imagination lacks the capacity to understand the wax in all of its possible forms, Descartes has shown that the imagination is not the key to understanding an extended thing. Of the three possible methods for understanding an extended thing - sense, imagination, and pure reason ? Descartes has shown that two of those ? sense and imagination ? are insufficient to truly know an extended thing...
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Since Descartes claims that he truly knows the wax and since neither the senses nor the imagination are sufficient, then it is only by true reason that Descartes is able to understand the wax.
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