October 17 - Back to the problem of KNOWLEDGE Descartes...

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Back to the problem of KNOWLEDGE Descartes hasn’t entirely solved the problem of knowledge because he’s shown that there are some things we can’t doubt but those things we can’t doubt all about things in our own mind, things immediately evident to us in our own self. Can we in a certain sense using the knowledge that we gained from our own mind, get some knowledge of anything else? Can we really know or have any knowledge of anything beyond our own minds? How about knowledge of things beyond our own minds? The problem of the external world, is there anything outside me that I can have true knowledge of? How do we know an EXTERNAL WORLD? Descartes has to show how we can trust our knowledge of the rest of the world outside of our own mind if we have indubitable knowledge of our own mind. His argument is this: look, we can’t be sure indubitably that there is anything outside in the world, but we can still get knowledge even if its possible to doubt if we can get our idea of things in our mind very clear, then we can have the kind of knowledge we wish and that is why we have to think carefully like philosophers and scientists in order to get our ideas clear and distinct in order to show that we have knowledge of the outside world. --on CLEAR AND DISTINCT ideas
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This note was uploaded on 09/27/2009 for the course PHL 301 taught by Professor Bonevac during the Fall '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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October 17 - Back to the problem of KNOWLEDGE Descartes...

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