Phil 101 - Fourth Excercise Question

Phil 101 - Fourth Excercise Question - Simon Wong Fourth...

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Simon Wong 3/13/06 Fourth Exercise Question TA: Joe Yarbrough 1.) According to Descartes, the foundations of most of our beliefs about the world are formed from the use of our senses. As skepticism as one of his main concerns, Descartes realizes that our senses can easily deceive us. For example, two examples would be the Muller-Lyer line and the shading optical illusion. Because of these illusions, Descartes says “it would be prudent for me to never completely trust those who have cheated me even once.” However Descartes accepts that our senses only deceive us so much. A better example of our senses tricking us would be dreams in which through our apparent perception, we are made to believe things that are entirely untrue. It is because of dreams that Descartes has a genuine reason to doubt his senses. 2.) Descartes’ next target is trying to figure out if he can be deceived about what he is thinking. Descartes worries if God, being unbound by logic and mathematics (since he created
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This note was uploaded on 10/23/2008 for the course PHIL 1101 taught by Professor Weatherson,b during the Spring '06 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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