philosophy paper #4 (evil demon)

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Connor Blair Philosophy Paper 4 Dr. Richard Cameron 4-11-2007 Word Count: 648 Descartes’ Evil Demon Argument In 1841 Renee Descartes published his famous work, Meditations on First Philosophy . i In Meditations he determined humans could not trust their experiences (a posteriori) as knowledge. He reasoned humans could gain knowledge only through reason (a priori). He came to this because he could not determine a difference between his dream and non-dream experiences, therefore, because dreams are not reality, his perceptions and impressions of the world may be false. But, realizing this argument may not be convincing enough, Descartes argued we believe an all powerful God, who created us and has the power to deceive us on anything, even mathematics, exists. Therefore, it is possible we live lives of deception. But, Descartes argues, God is all good and would not deceive us; however, a god-like evil demon may be. This may or may not be true, but because our impressions of the world are too ambiguous to be considered knowledge we have no reason to believe any one thing over another. ii
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This note was uploaded on 03/24/2008 for the course PHIL 101 taught by Professor Richardcameron during the Spring '07 term at DePauw.

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