descartes-answers - Meditation 1 1. Senses can deceive...

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Meditation 1 1. Senses can deceive sometimes. -An object in the distance 2. It is not wise to trust something that has deceived us before. 3. If senses can deceive once, it is a possibility that senses are deceiving all the time. 4. Man sleeps, and in our sleep we often dream of images. All that our senses tell us could just be a dream. 5. Doubt does not fall into mathematical equations since they are based on reason -Whether awake or asleep 2+3 is always 5 -Unless people are collectively wrong that 2+3=5 6. All of our findings in the sciences could be wrong since they rely on experiments and sense observations 7. All this doubting seems to go against Descartes' belief of a benevolent God. -Some believe that there isn't God. -Descartes suspends his belief of God and assumes that an evil being is constantly deceiving him. 8. He will then disregard any belief that has even the slightest doubt. 1.Senses can deceive, but our mind is able to correct what we experience through our senses. An orange sitting on a table afar does not grow bigger as we come closer to it. Most people have depth perception, which enables us to know what a regular orange looks like. 2.One can have apprehensions to trusting something that has deceived us before. It would be best for the person to refrain dealing with the deceptive person. 3.It is a reasonable assumption that if something deceives us, it could have been deceiving us all along. However when dealing with the senses, there's just certain things that doubting our senses deems to be foolish. An example is fire. Our senses tell us that it is hot, and probably will hurt us if we touch it. Will Descartes doubt what his senses tell him and touch the fire, thinking that the fire is not hot at all?
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4.What we see and feel can just be our dreams and we are forever in a state of sleep. If we are forever living in our sleep, then we go to sleep in our sleep, and therefore we dream within our dream. Descartes' belief that we could be dreaming is valid based on the fact that there is no clear indication of being awake from being asleep. Thus he is persuaded that he is dreaming. In dreams, though, Descartes states that most images as a result of dreaming are "painted representations" which can only be formed based something true and existing. So while the chance that our eyes, hands and the like are imaginary, there is something real that is more simple and universal that we base our images off of. 5.Doubt cannot go into Arithmetic and Geometry because they deal with
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This note was uploaded on 04/25/2011 for the course PHIL 105 taught by Professor Johnson during the Fall '10 term at Saint Louis.

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