phil midterm 1 - Descartes came to the realization that...

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Descartes came to the realization that many of the information he admitted as true were false and hencehe built false opinions based on them. He was then convinced that he should erase all the opinions heformerly accepted and begin again from original foundation.The first Descartes investigates his senses as a source of his beliefs. He asks if there are anyreasons to doubt his senses. We know thatthe senses give us incorrect information regardingsome experiences, such as when I look at the sun or planets, I get very different informationregarding their size and orbit than I do by doing astronomy.Is he mad?Descartes introduces the idea that he might be mad, but then decides this would only be thecase if he took mad people as examplesHe claims that being mad would disqualify him from giving reasonable reasons for doubtThe dream argument,There are no signs to distinguish dream and reality2, I often have perceptions very much like theones I usually have in sensation while I am dreaming.

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Term
Spring
Professor
DianaDubrule
Tags
Philosophy, Descartes, Epistemology, Reductio ad absurdum

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