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Descartes’ Meditations KEY QUESTIONS How do you know that you know something? Must you be certain? How might we define what it means to be certain?
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Descartes’ Meditations HISTORICAL BACKGROUND: -Lived 1596-1650 -Often described as the “father of modern philosophy” Modern philosophy is distinguished by its focus on reason , rather than religion or tradition, as the primary mechanism for understanding the world -Well known as a mathematician Descartes is credited with the invention of analytic geometry, and is the namesake of the Cartesian coordinate system
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Descartes’ Meditations Descartes notices that many of his beliefs are unjustified and/or uncertain. These include beliefs about the external world and the mind He’s interested in determining which, if any of his beliefs, are certain. By doing this, he thinks, he can establish a foundation for the rest of his beliefs. This approach to knowledge is called foundationalism .
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