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In the last four paragraphs of Descartes’ 2nd Meditation, he discusses his argument that sensation occurs exclusively in the mind not the body. He expands on this insight pointing out that the phenomenon of sensation cannot occur without a mind. He elaborates further explaining that the phenomenon of sensation assures his own existence. In other words, the phenomenon of sensation must be accompanied with his own self-awareness. These four paragraphs also have hidden within them a serious debate – strictly speaking, do animals feel pain or any other sensation? Where do you stand in this debate? Explain your position considering Descartes’ argument that sensation requires the presence of a mind that is self-aware. Your response must engage directly with the text on this point. A strong response will clearly explain Descartes’ position on sensation and its relation to self-awareness. A strong response will also explain the consequence of that relationship to the capacity for animals to feel.
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To respond to this assignment adequately you must use textual references. You should strive for at least 2 direct quotes (not paraphrases) from Descartes’ Meditations.

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