11 - Descartes The so-called "father of modern...

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Descartes The so-called "father of modern philosophy" is the Frenchman René Descartes. His major philosophical project was to sort out what we have good grounds for believing from that for which we have insufficient grounds. In all but matters of religious faith, authority is rejected as the basis of belief. Ultimately, the correct grounds for belief are those characteristics shared by mathematical propositions, a certain clarity and distinctness. But before he could rest content with these grounds, Descartes believed he had to subject them to a severe test. Might we not be mistaken about those things which are most clear and distinct to us? Might, for example, there not be a powerful being intent on deceiving us on these matters? It seems as if there is nothing preventing this possibility. Descartes's project was to validate the use of the human faculties in gaining knowledge of the world. In particular, he wished to examine the faculties of sense and reason. Sense presents the mind with images of sight, sound, touch, taste and smell. Throughout the history of philosophy,
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