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Final Descartes Questions - the ‘correspondence theory of...

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St. John’s University Dr. Trent H. Hamann Philosophy of the Human Person Spring 2008 FINAL STUDY GUIDE – Descartes Questions 1. What is the meaning of the title of Descartes’ work ‘Meditations on First Philosophy’? 2. Why does Descartes use a method of ‘radical doubt’ to obtain his goal? What is that goal? 3. What is the purpose and function of Descartes ‘dream hypothesis’? 4. What is the purpose of Descartes’ ‘malicious demon’ (‘evil genius’) hypothesis? 5. How is it that Descartes first meditation presents a critique of
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Unformatted text preview: the ‘correspondence theory of truth’? 6. What is the purpose of Descartes’ ‘wax example’ in the second meditation? 7. Explain Descartes’ claim that ‘there must be at least as much (reality) in the efficient and total cause as in the effect of that cause’? 8. What is the difference between ‘formal reality’ and ‘objective reality’? 9. Why does Descartes need to prove the existence of God? 10. How does Descartes ‘prove’ God’s existence?...
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