Philosophy 32 Possible Quiz #2 (for Meditation II)

1. How does Descartes prove that he exists?




2. Descartes considers what he means when he says that he exists. What is it that exists:

a) according to what he used to think?



b) according to his current argument?



3. Concerning the wax example:

a) What properties does the wax have according to our senses?


b) What properties does it have according to the imagination?


c) What properties does it have according to our intellect (or the mind)?



4. Why does the title of Meditation II state that the mind is better known than the body? (How does Descartes attempt to substantiate this claim?)