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Unformatted text preview: Stephanie Warner PHL 101 A Momeyer, Butzer, Pettibone 18 January 2006 First Short Topic Paper Descartes gives two major arguments in his first meditation to get rid of all prior knowledge for what we know. These two arguments are known as The Dream Argument and the Evil Genius Hypothesis. In this paper I hope to lay out these arguments as clearly as I can, and try to describe what his conclusions for these arguments are. The first premise of the Dream Argument that Descartes argues is that the things people experience while awake are very similar to the things people experience in dreams. Descartes says, “How often does my evening slumber persuade me of such ordinary things as these: that I am here, clothed in my dressing gown, seated next to the fireplace-when in fact I am lying undressed in bed!” (Meditation One, pg. 14 para. 3). Basically Descartes is saying that many things that we experience in real life one also experiences in dreams. For instance, this very paper that is being written, one could really just be dreaming that it is being written, so how do...
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This essay was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course PHL 101 taught by Professor Moemyer during the Spring '07 term at Miami University.

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