Zabrina_Maultsby Final Descates Paper Question

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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 then said, “But I do not yet understand sufficiently what I am--I who necessarily exist” (Section
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