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Why doesn’t Descartes simply determine what's real by looking around him and use his sense experience? Descartes is known as the father of modern philosophy. He is a rationalist, as opposed to an empiricist philosopher. The traditional Scholastic believed that everyone is born with a clean slate. Descartes argued that since the senses can sometimes deceive us, as they cannot be reliable source of all knowledge. Descartes doesn’t simply determine what is real by looking around him and use his sense experience, because as a rationalist he didn't trust his senses. Our senses can deceive us sometimes, and logically speaking, could deceive us always. He wanted to find out what was certain using his mind alone. He begins by doubting the evidence of his senses. After all this doubting, Descartes only knows that he is thinking. The fact that he is doubting means he

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