PHIL 102 Essay Options and Essay

PHIL 102 Essay Options and Essay - Long Essay Options(20...

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Long Essay Options (20 points) Be prepared to write in class four, detailed paragraphs on one of the following questions. Your response should be well structured and legible. You may use Perry’s text for the essay portion of your exam only. Draw from and include short, relevant texts from the primary reading. Give a parenthetical citation after quotation with appropriate page number: (Perry, __) 2. Discuss Descartes’ process of methodic doubt. What kinds of things are doubted and for what reasons? Present his argument for the existence of the self. How does his self- evident claim reverse the process of methodic doubt? How does Descartes define the self? Descartes views knowledge as deceiving and does not trust what he knows. Descartes’ process starts by looking at the senses and, finding deceiving history, he decides that “it would be prudent for me to never completely trust those [senses] who have cheated me even once” (Perry, 137). By putting into doubt all that he has experienced through his senses he must doubt all of him memories and experiences. Without having any memories to stand firm on, he calls into doubt himself as a body, as something that experiences the world, and something that which is sitting in front of the fire holding the paper (Perry, 137). If we are sleeping, we are but images of the real. Even imaginary things are made up of the real, at very least real colors.
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