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Decartes: Finding the foundation for certain knowledge (modern) Rationaist Rationalist believe in a priori knowledge Views that knowledge based on logic, laws, and methods that reason develop o Epistemology : Look up Search for certain knowledge o Analogy from Discourse of Method Believes we have foundational beliefs that everything is built on Thus if foundational beliefs are wrong then we know nothing His ‘sense experience’ gives him knowledge o Will try to remove his former beliefs and rebuild upon certain assumption Meditation Method of doubt o Wishes to clear away certain foundation (489) o Will not accept as true anything that can be doubted(489) Remove uncertain foundations by doubtin principles rather than particulars o Why (489) First belief he looks to doubt: o Knowledge is based on sense experience Senses have deceived him in the past: far away objects, or hardly perceptible Only some sense experience is questionable (special cases).
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course PHIL 1302 taught by Professor Byrd during the Fall '10 term at UT Arlington.

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