Writing Assignment 2 - Philosophy 101 Writing Assignment#2...

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Philosophy 101 Writing Assignment #2 October 16, 2006 Descartes’ goal in the Meditations was to find absolute truths that could have no reasonable doubt. He knew that many of his prior beliefs were built upon foundations that could be pulled out from under them, so he decided to start his meditations by creating a new foundation on which to build upon. To do this, he had to tear down all his prior beliefs and thoughts that could be doubted even the slightest bit, and finally begins his quest starting with the one thing that he believed he received most of his perceptions from: his senses. Right at the beginning of his meditation he admits that most everything in his life that he has believed to be true is because of perceptions he had received “either from the senses or through the senses”. So then he starts to question just how reliable the senses actually are when they are able to deceive him at times, causing him to doubt that they can be trusted entirely. He goes on to realize that because they have been known to
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This essay was uploaded on 04/12/2008 for the course PHIL 101 taught by Professor Matthewaltman during the Fall '06 term at Central Washington University.

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