Descartes Analysis

Descartes Analysis - John Malloy PHL105 Textual Analysis 3...

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John Malloy PHL105 – Textual Analysis 3 March 30, 2010 Meditation One: Concerning Those Things That Can Be Called into Doubt One of Descartes’ main ideas is that you can’t trust anything your senses tell you. He brings this up in nearly all of the points he tries to make throughout his meditations. Descartes claims that if your senses can be doubted in at least one instance, then you can’t trust them completely. In his text, Descartes points first towards mad people. He speaks of how they “insist that they are kinds when they are utter paupers, or that they are arrayed in purple robes when they are naked…” and even goes on to list several more instances. Descartes nearly immediately dismisses this example since using mad men to represent himself would qualify himself as mad. He says, “This would all be well and good, were I not a man who is accustomed to sleeping at night and to experiencing in my dreams the very same things, or now and then even less plausible ones, as these insane people do when they are
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This note was uploaded on 09/20/2011 for the course PHL 105 taught by Professor Frances during the Spring '11 term at Miami University.

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