HW#2 - Reading Assignment 2nd Week "The First Meditation"...

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Reading Assignment 2 nd Week “The First Meditation” by Descartes serves as the foundation of his later meditations ad of modern skepticism. Descartes uses the speaker named the Meditator to convey a series of his beliefs and reasons throughout the First Meditation. Meditator’s first argument is of his sensory beliefs, and how he is lead to distrust his own senses. He finds that since his senses are sometimes in good condition and other times in bad, their perceptions cannot always be trusted. The Meditator then claims that the only way to confirm the ‘right’ knowledge and principles is to examine the sensory beliefs and set aside the ones that are uncertain until we find the concrete basis of all truths. The Meditator also speaks about the relationship between dream and reality, and how his senses cannot distinguish which is real. And on further reflection, he briefly touches the subject relating to everyday doubts, even for the omnipotent God himself. In Roderick Chisholm’s “The Problem of the Criterion”, Chisholm begins by stating
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This note was uploaded on 08/25/2008 for the course PHIL 262g taught by Professor Yaffe during the Spring '06 term at USC.

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HW#2 - Reading Assignment 2nd Week "The First Meditation"...

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