PHL301_10-12_Descartes'_meditation - -Descartes on the...

Info icon This preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
10-12-06 DESCARTES’ MEDITATIONS - What is he talking about? For centuries, humans thought that the world was flat, that the Sun revolved around the earth, and some kind of supernova which doesn’t really make sense. THE PROBLEM OF KNOWLEDGE To know something You must believe it It must be true You must have adequate evidence for it KNOWLEDGE = BELIEF + TRUTH + ADEQUATE EVIDENCE A Possible Regress? MEDITATION 1 Descartes’ METHODIC DOUBT Can we doubt anything? 1. AUTHORITY? 2. OUR OWN EXPERIENCE? Are the sense trustworthy? (We’re not as keen to our sense as we think.. something about circle and doubtful) COGITO, ERGO SUM “I THINK, THEREFORE I AM” But what am I? A body? A mind? (Mind can travel out of space while a body can’t) MIND AND BODY Descartes’ DUALISM 1
Image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Back to the problem of KNOWLEDGE How about knowledge of things beyond our own minds? How do we know an EXTERNAL WORLD? --on CLEAR AND DISTINCT ideas ( Descartes invented vectors that we used in science)
Image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: --Descartes on the rainbow--Cartesian coordinates and scientific knowledge--the EVIL DEMON returns (Appeals to God in that if we think purely, he says that God is exist; also to mention that if we find out that the ruler is good and not bad, then we can fully trust this God)--Descartes’ appeal to God (belief means trust) TRUST IS THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH IN WHATEVER THE DUDE IS TALKING ABOUT IN BELIEVING WHATEVER WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO BELIEVE. INDUBITABLE TRUTHS— Simply believing them entails they are true IF I believe ________, then ______ is true” Some candidates? I exist…. I think…. . (thought) I believe…. (belief) I doubt… (doubt) I feel pain… (feelings or sensations) It seems (or appears) to me that… (sense impressions) I am angry… (will) 2 I am trying (or willing) to do something… (will) I have an idea in my mind of something … (ideas or concepts) 3...
View Full Document

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern