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Victoria Yakovleva Philosophy 101 Professor Shapiro 23 October 2006 In Rene Descartes’ first and second meditations, Descartes attempts to peel back his preconceived opinions in order to discover certain and unquestionable knowledge. According to Descartes, anything that can be doubted should be rejected. Thus, though our senses have been the means through which we accept things as being true – in other words, if we can see, touch, taste, smell, and hear some thing, we assume that thing exists – our senses sometimes deceive us and therefore are doubtful and not wholly trustworthy. In other words, things could appear to exist when they actually do not exist; we could be simply tricked into thinking that the things around us exist when in actuality they do not. So, Descartes poses the question of if we can’t prove that anything around us exists, what do we actually know? To answer this, Descartes meditates through a series of thoughts and figures out the one thing that is certain and
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2008 for the course PHIL 101 taught by Professor Shapiro during the Fall '06 term at Wisconsin.

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