Descartes Doubt

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Descartes proposed to rebuild science on a solid foundation by doubting everything that could be doubted and then proving some things on the basis of what cannot be doubted. Descartes breaks down the notion that all knowledge comes from the senses and that mental state must in some way resemble what they are about. He develops an entirely new conception of mind, matter, ideas, and a great deal else besides. Descartes focused on what he considered to be the very foundation: the idea that sense perception conveys accurate information. I will be discussing the arguments Descartes developed to illustrate this point. The first meditation, “On what can be called into doubt”, starts by the Meditator reflecting on the falsity of the body of knowledge…show more content…
But in order for him to have these doubts, to have these thoughts, and to be misled by a demon, he must exist. He goes on to develop this argument: “So after considering everything very thoroughly, I must finally conclude that this proposition, I am, I exist, is necessarily true whenever it is put forward by me or conceived in my mind” (Descartes). He realizes that in order to have these thoughts, he must exist. He tries to reason what this “I” thing is that exists because it thinks. He then goes on to realize that because he is dreaming things even if he is being deceived by a demon, he is still imagining and sensing things. He concludes that he cannot trust his imagination because it comes up with things that are not real; therefore, his imagination cannot be his guide to knowing what he actually is. He goes on to say that his mind can perceive things therefore it is far better than the body and that all clear perceptions come from the intellect alone rather than sense or…show more content…
He realizes that doubts come from an individual understanding that he is lacking something, but without a superior being that has those things an individual lack then we would not be aware of those things. He then goes on to reason that he may be supremely perfect and that all his imperfections are slowly moving towards perfection. We can see from this that he believes that God does exist. He knows that God would not deceive him and that God is responsible for his judgment since he was created by Him. He tackles the idea that God being a perfect God should be able to create perfect beings without error. He is confused on why God would create him, being an infinite thing, but also a thing that is of error. He also struggles with where error comes from. He concludes that error results from the fact that will has a far wider scope than the understanding. The Meditator realizes that he cannot complain about his imperfections because he was created by God. He looks at the big picture that his role in God’s creation is perfect. In the Meditators final meditation, he concludes that the imagination is connected with the body. He does acknowledge that in his reasoning, it is not definite proof of the existence of the body. He concludes that he can be certain
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