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Without having any memories to stand firm on he calls

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Unformatted text preview: 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. There must be something that is undoubtable. Descartes uses methodic doubt to first doubt all that he knows (as the null hypothesis) and does what he can to disprove the null, and thus assure himself that he can actually know what he knows. Descartes finally lands on his cornerstone of philosophy, proclaiming “Let him [the arch deceiver] deceive me all he can, he will never make it the case that I am nothing while I think I am something” (Perry, 139). This claim is based on the nature of thinking, one can only think if they are a thinking thing. Since Descartes is thinking, he must therefore be a thinking thing. Once he has rejected the null that the does not exist, he can begin from that proven fact that he exists and begin proving other null hypothesis’ wrong and finding other facts of i...
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This document was uploaded on 03/04/2014 for the course PHIL 102 at Boise State.

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