Matt Underwood Philosophy 101 Dr. Chip Bolyard February 22, 2008 “Meditations I and II” Rene Descartes In Descartes “Meditations on First Philosophy”, Descartes attempts to discern the existence of God and the distinction between mind and body. He breaks these meditations into parts, in which he reflects on previous thoughts and ideas, and moves on after meditating on each part. In his first meditation, Descartes reflects on the fact that a large amount of things he believes to be true, particularly things learned during childhood, are actually false. He then determined that in order to “establish anything at all in the sciences that was stable and likely to last”, he had to start over from scratch, knowledge wise. Realizing that disaffirming all prior knowledge would be time consuming, Descartes decides to start from the very beginning. He questions existence itself, claiming that everything he knows to be true in this world has been discerned either from the senses or through the senses. Senses themselves have been proven to
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