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How veridical do you believe your sense perceptions to be? Defend using either Descartes or Plato. We are born with the notion that what we perceive using our sense perceptions is truly what the world is made of. However, who are we to say that the way we perceive things using these senses is actually what the world is. Constantly changing, there are many reasons for doubt as to the veracity of these perceptions. From Descartes cogito we know that if something thinks they undoubtedly exist. However, the truth that we exist doesn’t necessarily mean the way we perceive the world we exist in is true. We cannot rely on our senses to be completely infallible because we do not know what is creating these sensations we have labeled as our sense perceptions. Descartes introduces the idea of an evil demon, a creature meant purely to lead you astray. If said demon does exist, how can we be sure that it is not he who is planting such feelings into our bodies. That nothing we experience is real but instead planted by an evil being. The possibility of an evil demon alters everything concerning the way we perceive our existence. “… The slightest ground for doubt that I find in any will suffice for me to reject all of them.” (First Meditation: About The Things We May Doubt, Descartes, 95) therefore, in order for something to classify as true it must be completely indubitable. Our sense perceptions are doubtable, on one account being, that they are constantly changing. Our senses are not known in a
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This essay was uploaded on 04/19/2008 for the course PHIL 102 taught by Professor Kuwalsky during the Winter '08 term at University of Alberta.

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