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PL110 Week 3 Notes

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PL110 Week 3 Notes PL110

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This chapter covers what we talked about this week, mainly Descartes. I hope you enjoy!
Readings in Philosophy
Dr. Bambi Robinson
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philosophy, descartes
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Dempsey Hankins on Thursday February 4, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to PL110 at Southeast Missouri State University taught by Dr. Bambi Robinson in Winter 2016. Since its upload, it has received 69 views. For similar materials see Readings in Philosophy in PHIL-Philosophy at Southeast Missouri State University.


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Date Created: 02/04/16
Week 3 Notes  Subjectivism—the idea that one can make truth  Descartes was a rationalist.  Descartes tried to come up with a method to erase doubt.  This led to his “Method of Doubt”  His method was based on his love for geometry.  He was amazed by Euclid’s proofs.  The Method of Doubt: short form  Doubt everything that can’t be 100% certain.  If I can be wrong one time out of a jillion and ten, then I cannot be certain.  You must clearly recognize to be so.  Break complex things down into simpler parts  Tackle the simpler, smaller parts in an orderly fashion  Make sure all is complete  “Build it back up again”  Descartes was not a skeptic.  He was thinking of a way to get back to the “first principles”.  The “Sense” Argument  The senses (can) mislead.  Beliefs based on what sometimes misleads one are uncertain  Beliefs based on sense-experience are uncertain  All beliefs about my environment are uncertain  Beliefs about projects in my environment are uncertain  Nihilism—can know nothing


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