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Unformatted text preview: Knowledge reality and nature 10-27-10 Descartes and Materialism 1. What is Descartes’ dream argument? Descartes’ dream argument goes on the premises that he “often has perceptions very much like the ones I usually have in sensation while I am dreaming” “There are no definite signs to distinguish dream experience from waking experience.” So he then concludes that “It is possible that I am dreaming right now and that all of my perceptions are false”. Basically there is no way to draw a distinct line between dream world and real life since they seem so similar so it is possible that everything could just be fake that nothing he experiences is real. "I have never believed myself to feel anything in waking moments which I cannot also sometimes believe myself to feel when I sleep" In his argument he begins think that what he may have considered to be living might very well be a dream state. He says that no matter how unreal his dreams are they contain aspects from reality, so from this he tries to use logic saying that a...
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This note was uploaded on 01/20/2011 for the course HPL hpl 112 taught by Professor Gitsoulis during the Spring '10 term at Stevens.
- Spring '10