{[ promptMessage ]}

Bookmark it

{[ promptMessage ]}

Zabrina_Maultsby Final Descates Paper Question

Zabrina_Maultsby Final Descates Paper Question - Zabrina...

Info icon This preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Zabrina Maultsby December 14, 2009 Final Paper /Intro to Philosophy Phil 1301 CRN: 10674 Descartes’ method of radical doubt leads to a temporary rejection of the existence of his body and the external world. But he gets them back. Provide a cogent, coherent, and clear exegesis, with as much detail as necessary, of the arguments for the rejection of the external world and for its re-acceptance. Make sure to provide textual support that could indicate a weakness in the arguments for the rejection of the external world. Descartes convinced himself that nothing really existed, our bodies our friends all we know and love. He believes that all of the external stimuli are somehow not naturally put in one’s mind to create a false sense of reality. This false reality is said to be based on Descartes premise of the evil demon, which is responsible for the deception of mankind. So, wouldn’t this make Descartes nonexistent as well as his body and mind? Not necessarily, it wouldn't because he doubts existence and how can there be doubt if there isn't anybody to do the doubting. To put it more plainly to believe or disbelieve in a false world, one still has to exist in order to believe. Descartes then shows that we can use our senses to help us understand, but the senses alone are inadequate to determine truth (since they are often deceived), and that all that may be known with certainty are those things we know by thinking and understanding of them in our minds. The foundation of Descartes argument calls everything into doubt, everything that he knew. The basic strategy of Descartes’ method of doubt is to question the truth even the fundamental process of reasoning itself. After doubting all the things he thought he knew about himself and the world he concluded that the only thing he knew with absolute certainty is that I am, I exist (Section 25). Having established the fact that he has a real existence of some kind he
Image of page 1

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

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the 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