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Unformatted text preview: Everything that you've thought of as real All conclusions from earlier reasoning Doubts stemming from the existence of an "evil genius" that would deceive even the most basic notions (math: 2+2=4, etc) One thing Descartes did know: He exists ("I think therefore I am") Prior Certaintly of Consciousness: The thesis that knowledge of one's own consciousness and its contents is prior to and more certain than knowledge of the external world Default fallibility and the need for method Method: Showing how all things to be true can be broken down into simpler parts back to a fundamental knowledge (the fact that we exist) (foundationalism) Means to identify the foundation is the method for doubt (default fallibility) Prior certainty of consciousness...
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- Fall '08