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Final Remarks on Meditation I The skeptical scenarios do not require that we are actually dreaming at this moment, or that an evil demon is deceiving us. In fact, Descartes himself thinks that our beliefs about the world are “highly probable opinions.” No foundation has been found, yet. It does require that the scenarios are conceivable .
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“Here I make my discovery: thought exists; it alone cannot be separated from me. I am; I exist—this is certain.” The thought p : “I am thinking” survives all skeptical scenarios: (1) p cannot be false in any of the 3 scenarios, so they are not “reasons to doubt” that p . (e.g. demon) (2) For any scenario, it is not possible that I mistakenly think that I’m thinking, given that that is itself thinking! Does anything survive all 3 scenarios?
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(1)I am thinking. (2)It is impossible that I am thinking and I not exist. (3)Therefore, I exist. Cogito ergo sum
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