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A Complete Study Guide to Descartes' M1-M2

A Complete Study Guide to Descartes' M1-M2 - Prof J Mendoza...

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Prof. J. Mendoza    Introduction to Philosophy Study Guide to Ren é  Descartes  Meditations   on First Philosophy  (1641) A. Vocabulary: Rationalism— skepticism— metaphysics— epistemology— equivocate— B.  Historical Context 1. In what century did Descartes live? 2. Where was Descartes from and where did he write? 3. What view of nature was modern science replacing in Descartes’ time?  C.   Meditation  I (M1) 1. What does Descartes announce as his project at the beginning of Meditation I ?  2. What standard is he going to use to decide whether to reject a belief or not?  3. What can be doubted on the hypothesis that the senses  sometimes deceive us concerning  things hardly perceptible or far away? Why are the senses not to be trusted?  Give two  examples that Descartes uses to demonstrate that the senses are not to be trusted.   4. What can be doubted on the hypothesis that Descartes is dreaming ? What cannot be  doubted?
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