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Descartes Mediation 1 Summary

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In Mediation I, Descartes forms a theoretical explanation about the foundations of beliefs and knowledge, in which he yearns to overturn the basic principles, based on previous falsehoods and is essentially attempting to challenge the ‘basic principles in which his former beliefs rested on’. Descartes was attempting to chronologically undermine the foundations in order to ‘break down’ anything that had been built off of them, so he can start over. By the end of the Mediation I, Descartes ‘has successfully undermined what he previously took to be the foundation of all knowledge’, being our sensory beliefs. By diminishing our foundations of beliefs, he’s established that the senses are capable of betraying us, subsequently rendering them useless.
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