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Descartes Mediation

by: Lauren Dennis

Descartes Mediation 2010

Lauren Dennis

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These are concise notes about Descartes first mediation.
Intro to Philosophy
Christopher Foster
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descartes, philosophy
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Lauren Dennis on Friday September 2, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to 2010 at Georgia State University taught by Christopher Foster in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 26 views. For similar materials see Intro to Philosophy in Philosophy` at Georgia State University.


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Date Created: 09/02/16
Introduction/ Descartes  What do we know? o Day of the week o What country we are in o Oxygen in the air o Cannot survive without H2O  Kinds of Knowledge o Stipulative: True because some humans says its true o Empirical: Directly Observed  Primary or secondary observation  Conditions of Knowledge  Proof  Experience  Opinion (self-knowledge) o Necessary Conditions:  Belief  True  Justified  KNOWLEDGE: JUSTIFIABLY TRUE BELIEF  DESCARTES  What Do We Know? o The question Descartes ask of himself o Started from the beginning of his beliefs o Undermine his current knowledge o Create a method of doubt  Standard of Doubt o Complete certainty that there is no doubt  If your sensory input fails = should never trust them  Ex. Dreams and Optical Illusions  Dream Argument: o 1. Can’t tell if I’m dreaming right now o 2. If I can’t tell I’m dreaming, then I don’t know my experiences are real o 3. I can’t know if my experiences are real  Demon Counter Argument: o Demon: a spiritual being that messes with sensory data  Doubt reality o No real way to prove if it is real or not  What can we know? o THAT I EXIST  The “I” is whoever is doing the thinking  Descartes Definition of Knowledge: o Logically true beliefs o Human existence: if you do anything = you exist  Thinking- sufficient clause


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