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Phil1October 22 - October 22, 2007 Read Meditation I and II...

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October 22, 2007 Read Meditation I and II SKEPTICISM 1) Rene Descartes (1596-1650) a. Many important contributions to physics, physiology, mathematics, and philosophy. b. Famous for founding with Galileo the discipline now known as analytic geometry. 2) Foundations of Science a. “Several years have now passed since I first realized how numerous were the false opinions that in my youth I had taken to be true, and thus how doubtful were all those that I had subsequently built upon them.” b. The upshot of scientific inquiry is supposed to be knowledge. But if the foundations of scientific inquiry are weak (ie: presuppose falsehoods), then knowledge cannot be obtained. c. Descartes aims to, at least tentatively, withhold judgment on all matters, accepting those which can be believed with absolute certainty. d. And from these latter foundational beliefs, he will build the rest of his belief system regarding the nature of the world, including the nature of mind and matter, and their relation to one another. i.
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PHIL 1 taught by Professor Lewis during the Fall '08 term at UCSB.

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Phil1October 22 - October 22, 2007 Read Meditation I and II...

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