Philosophy-Descartes and Hume

Philosophy-Descartes and Hume - Descartes first meditation...

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Descartes first meditation is on him saying how maybe we are in a huge dream, so he is going to rid himself of all his beliefs and call them false until he has proof they have truth to them. He wants to sort out all the complexities that are illusive, rebuilding the framework with beliefs that are “certain and unshakable” (the most important part that holds the building in tact). He is afraid that when he “awakes” from this meditation he will have to struggle in “the imprisoning darkness” because all of his truths will have been thrown out and many problems with life will make way to the surface. In Humes “Section XII Of the Academical or Sceptical Philosophy,” he speaks of skeptics and the different species of skeptics. He says that the species of skepticism must be understood to understand philosophy. He speaks of two main skeptic beliefs: one states how our senses could bring about falsities to life; that what we sense, may not be actual, “nothing may be present to the mind but an image of perception, and that the senses are only the inlets, through which these images are conveyed, without being able to produce any immediate intercourse between the mind and the object.” He then proves this with the example of the table. As we step farther and farther away from the table, it begins to get smaller and start to diminish from our sight, but the real table suffers no
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This note was uploaded on 02/24/2009 for the course PHIL 140g taught by Professor Kwon during the Fall '07 term at USC.

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