PHIL ASS 2 - into believing you existed before right now....

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Adam Sherman Philosophy 101 Written Assignment #2 Professor Duncan In the twentieth century an English philosopher named Bertrand Russell said if god is omnipotent then he can create a human mind, complete with memories. Using this idea he goes on to say that there is no proof that you existed before this instant and the memories you have are not just illusions, put there by god to make you believe your existence before your actual creation. If this were true then how could anybody positively know that the things around them were “real” and not just part of the illusion that god put in their mind? Things like our friends and family might not exist at all, they may just be part of the illusion. Unfortunately, there is no way to completely disprove this theory because there is no way to be absolutely certain you are not being tricked
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Unformatted text preview: into believing you existed before right now. Personally, I do not believe this falsehood for a second. I do not need to be absolutely certain that everything I see or believe is real, the facts I am willing to accept as true just need to have good justification. Sometimes I believe lies but most of the time the things I accept because they have good justifications are facts. I do not need to worry about if I existed before right now because it is extremely unlikely, I simply accept that I do and have existed because I am well justified in believing so. A skeptic may respond that you need absolute certainty to absolutely know something for sure but he cannot absolutely prove that he did not exist before this instant. All in all, I am confident that I exist and that I have existed in the years before now....
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