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First, implicit in the categorizationabove, one must recognize whether any allegedpostmodernistis: (a) merely making the historical claim that modern ideas and methods are being supersededor abandoned in the present age; (b) questioning the validity of modern methods without making any explicit claims about their falsity or suggesting that they be abandoned; or (c) claiming the inadequacy of the modern methods and inviting us to abandon them in favor of something else. Some of the thinkers labelled postmodern are wrongly accused of rejecting modern philosophy and society,when in fact they are only questioning them, albeit radically, or only reporting their obsolescence,without suggesting that modernity be exchanged for some alternative.

I shall proceed by setting aside all that in which the least doubt could be supposed to exist, just as if I had discoveredthat it was absolutely false; and I shall ever follow in this road until I have met with something which is certain, or at least, if I can do nothing else, until I have learned for certain that there is nothing in the world that is certain. iii I suppose,then, that all the things that I see are false; I persuademyself that nothing has ever existed of all that my fallacious memory represents to me.

What now is this extension? Is it not also unknown? For it becomesgreater when the wax is melted, greater when it is boiled, and greater still when the heat increases;and I should not conceive [clearly] according to truth what wax is, if I did not 38 Meditationson FirstPhilosophy think that even this piece that we are considering is capable of receiving more variations in extension than I have ever imagined. We must then grant that I could not even understand through the imagination what this piece of wax is, and that it is my mind alone which perceivesit.

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