Analysis Of Descartes ' First Mediation Essay

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Review of Descartes ' "First Mediation" Through his first meditation, Descartes discusses what spurs his philosophical journey and gives birth to what we now understand and know as modern skepticism. He questions knowledge and how it comes about. He starts by doubting the principles by which he has acquired knowledge, and if his possession of such information is factual, given the source of how this was obtained. He walks us through his thought mechanism and explains it just like he would explain an architectural process splitting it into three major topics: eminent reality, formal reality and objective reality; where the foundation is the place where we can find principles and assumptions, being the most important part, and how all the remaining superstructures will depend on this base. Hence, we must get rid of the simple basics in order to start anew, and build new knowledge on sound theories that we can trust. If done otherwise, with a poor foundation, all other structures will collapse. He then proceeds to explain the means by which we can test and cast this knowledge and see if they are substantiated. Descartes accomplishes this by means of using doubt: “…I will at length apply myself earnestly and freely to the general overthrow of all my former opinions. But, to this end, it will not be necessary for me to show that the whole of these are false—a point, perhaps, which I shall never reach; but as even now my reason convinces me that I ought not the less carefully to
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