Essay on Descartes Vs. Descartes 's Meditation

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Human beings are thinking creatures but they are more than that. They live their lives with different memories and experiences to guide them along the way. To prove that a person knows whom they are by proving that they think is nonsensical. Within Descartes’s meditation is the nature of humans will be shown through the thinking thing or cogito but this is not accurate at all because humans are more complex beings than just thinking things. First, I will demonstrate what the second meditation, its fifth objection, and Descartes reply are instructing on. Then I will address the cogito and how it does not prove the existence of the nature of humans, as Descartes’s believes it does. Finally, I will show how the reply does not meet the requirements of proof of the cogito and the nature of humans.
Descartes is trying to prove the one universal truth that cannot be erased with any doubt in the second meditation. The cogito, or the thinking thing is what Descartes shows as who he is and the absolute truth of the world that cannot be destroyed by the malicious demon. The objection to this reveal is that what Descartes proved was nothing more than what could be shown already with the senses and preconceived ideas of what the person was. Descartes also showed what the person was not rather than what they are. Descartes believes that all the attributes of a substance form to create what the substance actually is but all he is doing is naming the components of a substance and…

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