The oldest child, Pierre, died soon after his birth on October 19, His sister, Jeanne, was probably born sometime the following year, while his surviving older brother, also named Pierre, was born on October 19, The Descartes clan was a bourgeois family composed of mostly doctors and some lawyers. Joachim Descartes fell into this latter category and spent most of his career as a member of the provincial parliament.
However, one who wants to achieve knowledge above the ordinary level should feel ashamed at having taken ordinary ways of talking as a basis for doubt.
So let us proceed, and consider on which occasion my perception of the nature of the wax was more perfect and evident. Or is my knowledge more perfect now, after a more careful investigation of the nature of the wax and of the means by which it is known?
Any doubt on this issue would clearly be foolish; for what distinctness was there in my earlier perception? Was there anything in it it which an animal could not possess? But when I distinguish the wax from its outward forms - take the clothes off, as it were, and consider it naked - then although my judgement may still contain errors, at least my perception now requires a human mind.
But what am I to say about this mind, or about myself? So far, remember, I am not admitting that there is anything else in me except a mind. Surely my awareness of my own self is not merely much truer and more certain than my awareness of the wax, but also much more distinct and evident.
For it I judge that the wax exists from the fact that I see it, clearly this same fact entails much more evidently that I myself also exist. It is possible that what I see is not really the wax; it is possible that I do not even have eyes with which to see anything.
But when I see, or think I see I am not here distinguishing the twoit is simply not possible that I who am now thinking am not something. By the same token, if I judge that the wax exists from the fact that I touch it, the same result follows, namely that I exist. If I judge that it exists from the fact that I imagine it, or for any other reason, exactly the same thing follows.
And the result that I have grasped in the case of the wax may be applied to everything else located outside me. Moreover, if my perception of the wax seemed more distinct after it was established not just by sight or touch but by many other considerations, it must be admitted that I now know myself even more distinctly.
This is because every consideration whatsoever which contributes to my perception of the wax, or of any other body, cannot but establish even more effectively the nature of my own mind.
But besides this, there is so much else in the mind itself which can serve to make my knowledge of it more distinct, that it scarcely seems worth going through the contributions made by considering bodily things.
I see that without any effort I have now finally got back to where I wanted. I now know that even bodies are not strictly perceived by the senses or the faculty of imagination but by the intellect alone, and that this perception derives not from their being touched or seen but from their being understood; and in view of this I know plainly that I can achieve an easier and more evident perception of my own mind than of anything else.
But since the habit of holding on to old opinions cannot be set aside so quickly, I should like to stop here and meditate for some time on this new knowledge I have gained, so as to fix it more deeply in my memory.
In the Second Meditation, Descartes has two main goals: Establish metaphysical claims about himself: How does this knowledge come about?
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