Philosophy - 1Descartes The Dream Hypothesis and our...

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1 Descartes “The Dream Hypothesis and our Knowledge of the World” 1 Descartes “Meditations on First Philosophy 1. Background of Descartes: Both a devout Catholic and a prominent mathematician/scientist. One aim of the Meditations: to resolve doubts by finding beliefs that are absolutely certain. 2. Method of Doubt: To suspend judgment regarding any belief that is not absolutely certain. Standard of Absolute Certainty (versus Certainty for all Practical Purposes). Belief, Disbelief, Suspension of Judgment 1. Descartes’ Examination of the Senses : Thesis 1: “Take the Senses at Face-Value” Criticisms . ... Thesis 2: “Accept the Senses In Optimal Conditions of Observation” Criticisms: Dream Hypothesis, Evil Demon Hypothesis, Brain-In-Vat Hypothesis---versus the Ordinary Hypothesis. 2. Descartes’ Certainties : Cogito (Cogito Ergo Sum) Pure Sense Images Current Conscious Beliefs and Desires “Priviledged Access of the Mental” 3. Descartes’ Problem of Knowing the External World
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2011 for the course PHIL 1010 taught by Professor Outlaw during the Summer '08 term at Georgia State University, Atlanta.

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