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Gregory Sicard Professor Holtzman Corc 1210 1. Descartes’ proof of existence is that he thinks therefore he is. The thought experiment that Descartes uses to reach his conclusion is proving that god exists and that there is not an evil entity which is controlling his mind and body. The cogito means “I think therefore I am”, he can prove that his mind exists and mentions “we know that our mind exist therefore we exist”. The two goals Descartes aims to prove are that his mind and body are two separate entities and that God exists. Begging the question is when one asks a question with the answer in the question, thus the question is left open. Descartes [seeking to establish “firm and lasting knowledge”] attempts to tear down everything and start fresh; he wants to seek the truth and states that all knowledge is a sensory experience. He proves that his mind and body are separate because in order to even doubt one must have a mind to doubt with. Descartes demonstrates Cartesian dualism by dreaming and he states his mind is distinct from his body because the mind makes him feel as if he is really awake. His mind deceives his body when he is sleeping; he explains that he can’t determine whether he is asleep or awake. Descartes uses skepticism to doubt everything which he cannot prove. By the end of his meditations Descartes realizes that god exists and he is not a deceiver. 2.
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This note was uploaded on 10/13/2011 for the course CORC 1210 taught by Professor Kiranja during the Fall '08 term at CUNY Brooklyn.

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