New User Special Price Expires in

Let's log you in.

Sign in with Facebook


Don't have a StudySoup account? Create one here!


Create a StudySoup account

Be part of our community, it's free to join!

Sign up with Facebook


Create your account
By creating an account you agree to StudySoup's terms and conditions and privacy policy

Already have a StudySoup account? Login here

Week Two - Descartes Notes

by: Stephani Mager

Week Two - Descartes Notes phi 205

Stephani Mager

Preview These Notes for FREE

Get a free preview of these Notes, just enter your email below.

Unlock Preview
Unlock Preview

Preview these materials now for free

Why put in your email? Get access to more of this material and other relevant free materials for your school

View Preview

About this Document

This includes the key terms in the reading and some of the concepts that come with those key terms. It also includes not just bold printed key terms in the text, but ones that are explained by the ...
Intro to Philosophy
Benjamin Bagley
Class Notes
philosophy, descartes, God, freedom, Of, will, skepticism
25 ?




Popular in Intro to Philosophy

Popular in Philosophical / Religious / Ethical Perspectives

This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Stephani Mager on Wednesday August 31, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to phi 205 at North Carolina State University taught by Benjamin Bagley in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 34 views. For similar materials see Intro to Philosophy in Philosophical / Religious / Ethical Perspectives at North Carolina State University.

Popular in Philosophical / Religious / Ethical Perspectives


Reviews for Week Two - Descartes Notes


Report this Material


What is Karma?


Karma is the currency of StudySoup.

You can buy or earn more Karma at anytime and redeem it for class notes, study guides, flashcards, and more!

Date Created: 08/31/16
Philosophy 205 – Week Two Descartes, “Meditations on First Philosophy” Key Terms:  Efficient cause: one of the four causes Aristotle distinguished. The efficient causation of an event is the agent or event that brings the effect about.  Falsehood: how to decipher if something is true or false o Formal falsehood: something that is not true and can only be found in judgments o Material falsehood: “in an idea when it presents what is not a thing as though it were a thing” (Descartes 166).  Example: How can you be sure that darkness is real rather than it being the absence of light? The same can be applied to heat and coldness.  Freedom of will: sometimes used to contrast with freedom of action. One’s will in this sense is one’s decision, choice, or dominating desire. o It does not seem to be restricted  Metaphysical: questions the nature of reality. In the context of the reading, it is discussing questions on whether or not God is.  Omnipotent: God is all powerful. o In the reading: God can do anything that is logically possible.  Omniscient: God is all-knowing. o In the reading: God knows what is possible to know  Creator of all things other than himself; eternal life  Skepticism: Despite “attempting” to understand God and all that God is capable of, and despite saying that he won’t be overly skeptical, Descartes is. (Descartes 159). Concepts in the Reading Using These Key Terms and Others:  Freedom of will – o Descartes says that his freedom of will does not seem to be restricted o He mentions that most things, like forming ideas, to remember, and to imagine are all greater and boundless to God. o The only thing about Descartes that is not greater to God is his will or freedom of choice, because “it cannot conceivably be greater than it is” (Descartes 170). o “divine grace and knowledge of nature clearly increase and strengthen rather than diminish my freedom” (170).  Sensing – o “Sensing is just thinking” (161). o “I seem to see, to hear, and to feel” (161). o Despite that fact that dreams are not entirely real, he mentions that sensing them is important o External senses – common sense o Sensations can help to “Draw a conclusive argument for the existence of physical objects” (175).


Buy Material

Are you sure you want to buy this material for

25 Karma

Buy Material

BOOM! Enjoy Your Free Notes!

We've added these Notes to your profile, click here to view them now.


You're already Subscribed!

Looks like you've already subscribed to StudySoup, you won't need to purchase another subscription to get this material. To access this material simply click 'View Full Document'

Why people love StudySoup

Steve Martinelli UC Los Angeles

"There's no way I would have passed my Organic Chemistry class this semester without the notes and study guides I got from StudySoup."

Jennifer McGill UCSF Med School

"Selling my MCAT study guides and notes has been a great source of side revenue while I'm in school. Some months I'm making over $500! Plus, it makes me happy knowing that I'm helping future med students with their MCAT."

Bentley McCaw University of Florida

"I was shooting for a perfect 4.0 GPA this semester. Having StudySoup as a study aid was critical to helping me achieve my goal...and I nailed it!"

Parker Thompson 500 Startups

"It's a great way for students to improve their educational experience and it seemed like a product that everybody wants, so all the people participating are winning."

Become an Elite Notetaker and start selling your notes online!

Refund Policy


All subscriptions to StudySoup are paid in full at the time of subscribing. To change your credit card information or to cancel your subscription, go to "Edit Settings". All credit card information will be available there. If you should decide to cancel your subscription, it will continue to be valid until the next payment period, as all payments for the current period were made in advance. For special circumstances, please email


StudySoup has more than 1 million course-specific study resources to help students study smarter. If you’re having trouble finding what you’re looking for, our customer support team can help you find what you need! Feel free to contact them here:

Recurring Subscriptions: If you have canceled your recurring subscription on the day of renewal and have not downloaded any documents, you may request a refund by submitting an email to

Satisfaction Guarantee: If you’re not satisfied with your subscription, you can contact us for further help. Contact must be made within 3 business days of your subscription purchase and your refund request will be subject for review.

Please Note: Refunds can never be provided more than 30 days after the initial purchase date regardless of your activity on the site.