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IV. Imagination in Meditations V and VI 71
Chapter IV Imagination in Meditations V and VI As shown in the previous chapter, the narrator’s skeptical worries cause him to speak with hesitation when attributing the faculties of imagination and sensory perception to himself (qua a thinking thing.) His hesitation comes in the form of the narrator attributing only restricted senses of imagination and sensory percep- tion to himself. The senses of imagination and sensory perception he attributes to himself are restricted in that they are only functions of seeming to imagine and seeming to sense-perceive. As I suggested, we ought to interpret the narra- tor’s power of seeming to imagine as nothing more than a power through which the narrator apparently has ideas of corporeal substances. That is, his power of imagination seems a power which allows him to phenomenally represent corpo- real substances. However, his imaginary ideas are so obscure and indistinct that he cannot be sure that they are truly phenomenal representations. I also sug- gested in the previous chapter that we understand the narrator’s power of seem- ing to sense-perceive as being restricted in two ways. First, the narrator only seems to perceive (given the dream problem) in that he cannot determine that he ever really sense-perceives. The narrator cannot determine that his sensory ideas are truly ideas representing actual, external corporeal substances. Since this is so, he can only attribute to himself a sensory power only distinguishable from his imaginary power in that his sensory power seems a different mental power from his imaginary...
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