Descartes ' Method Of Doubt

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Question: Describe Descartes’ “method of doubt.” What beliefs does Descartes think survive his method of doubt? Do you agree with his arguments?

René Descartes (1556-1650) considered a rationalist claims that before we can describe reality or what it means to exist, one must know what reality and existence is. Descartes proposed that it is pointless to claim something is real without justification. However for something to be justified it must be also be indubitable. In [René Descartes, Meditation I, 1641] Descartes argues that ones beliefs can be systematically doubted. All truths, for example; beliefs, ideas, thoughts, and matter should be doubted in order to build a belief system that is indubitable. In this essay I will discuss the methods of doubt; these include perceptual illusions, the dream problem, and a deceiving God. I will also discuss the phrase I am, I exist and I am a thinking thing that passed the method the doubt. I will use these methods of doubt and phrases to explain why the arguments are either weak or strong and whether I agree to their meaning. The Method of Doubt

Descartes’s task in essence was to create a system that would support indubitable knowledge; a creation that would allow a foundation for the expansion of the truth and remove all doubt from knowledge. This means that if something is to be true it is to be known beyond all reasonable and possible doubt. To do this Descartes uses the following method:

1. Accepting only information that…
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