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Introduction, Mediation 1 and 2 Meditation 3 Meditation 4 Meditation 5 Meditation 6
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What is to find firm and constant (durable) knowledge in the sciences?
Descartes' purpose for the Meditations is this.
100
What is clarity and distinctness?
This criteria allows Descartes to know with certainty.
100
What is error?
This is a privation or a lack of some knowledge that I somehow should have.
100
What is the certainty of material things?
Descartes wants to explore this in Meditation 5.
100
What are material things?
These things are at least capable of existing because they are the object of pure mathematics.
200
What is skepticism?
This is the thesis that it is impossible to know anything.
200
What are adventitious, fictitious, and innate?
These three things categorize ideas.
200
What is will.
This is a single indivisible thing.
200
What is existence?
God is said to be perfection and Descartes claims that this is a perfection.
200
What is divisibility?
This is the main difference between a mind with is unified and a body which is composed.
300
What is Res extensa or body.
Anything that can be limited by some shape, can be circumscribed in a place and can fill a space to the exclusion of others from it. (Latin and English required)
300
What is the Deceiving God Hypothesis (evil genius)?
This motivates Descartes to prove God exists.
300
What is the extension of the will beyond the understanding?
This is the source of error.
300
What is the Ontological Argument?
The argument for God's existence in Meditation 5 is a rework of this old argument.
300
What is the imagination?
This is a certain application of the cognitive faculty to a body.
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What is the tree metaphor?
This metaphor is often used to explain the importance of metaphysics.
400
What are emotion, volition, and judgement?
These three things are forms of thought.
400
What is judgement?
Although an inexact interpretation of Descartes, this can be said to be the result of the intellect and the will's marriage.
400
What is quantity?
The extension of a thing in length, breadth, and depth is an image of this.
400
What are geometrical figures like triangles, pentagons, myriagons and chiliagons?
These examples are used by Descartes to demonstrate the difference between imagination and the understanding.
500
What is thinking?
Having a sensation is none other than this.
500
What is the correspondence theory of truth?
This theory suggests that things external to me send me their own likenesses and not something else.
500
What is falsehood and fault?
Negation, non-entity and nothing are the ways Descartes describes this.
500
What is a mountain is to a valley?
God's essence is to his existence as a ________ is to a __________.
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What is essential to my nature?
Because imagining is not this, it follows that it is dependent on things external to me.




Descartes Jeopardy

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