Descartes.Meditations.I.II

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Meditations on First Philosophy Rene Descartes (1596-1650)
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Many False and Mistaken Opinions Descartes determines to "raze everything to the ground and begin again from the original foundations." Attends to the ―demolition of my opinions.‖ Unable to survey each individual opinion, Descartes looks for reasons to undermine ―the foundations‖ of all opinions so that his edifice of prior knowing will ―crumble of its own accord.‖ [P2]
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Meditation I Those things about which there are reasons to doubt: 1 Sense experience – previous errors 2 Existential claims such as, ―I am here now.‖— dreaming 3 Mathematical truths e.g. 2 + 3 = 5, an all- powerful, evil genius
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I. Sense Experience Information taken through the senses – highest truth and certainty. However, ―these [senses] sometimes misled us….‖ [P3]
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Claims about Existence For example: ―I am in this place, seated by the fire, clothed in a winter dressing gown, that I hold in my hands this piece of paper,….‖ [P4] Insane to deny this? Not insane, but perhaps dreaming.
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