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Huey 1 Kristan Huey 8 October 2017 PHIL 1301.WC1 Week 6 Writing DESCARTES A. Selected Passage Pg 388-389 “This is a considerable list if everything on me belongs to me. But does it? Is it not one and the same “I” who is now doubting almost everything, who nonetheless understands some things, who affirms that this one thing is true, denies everything else, desires to know more and is unwilling to be deceived, imagines many things even involuntary, and is unaware of many things which apparently come from the senses? Are not all these things just as true as the fact that I exist, even if I am asleep all the time, and even if he who created me is doing all he can to deceive me? Which of all these activities is distinct from my thinking? Which of them can be said to be separate from myself? The fact that it is I who am doubting and understanding and willing is so evident that I see no way of making it any clearer. But it is also the case that the “I” who imagines is the same “I.”” B. Analysis (50 points) 1. In the above passage, Descartes is questioning everything. The aim of the passage is for Descartes to find the reason why he feels he is being deceived. The historical relevance for this passage is how we perceive what is real and what is imaginary as our experiences
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Huey 2 have tried to teach us throughout history. The historical relevance is if we have ever existed to believe in the afterlife or if we are dreaming now and there isn’t an afterlife.
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