Descartes Vs. Descartes ' Philosophy

1142 Words Apr 10th, 2016 5 Pages
Rene Descartes’ begins to illustrate his skeptical argument as presented in Meditation l. Descartes basic strategy to approaching this method of doubt is to defeat skepticism. This argument begins by doubting the truth of everything, from evidence of the senses to the fundamental process of reasoning. Therefore, if there is any truth in the world that overcomes the skeptical challenge then it must be indubitably true. Thus, creating a perfect foundation for knowledge. The first Meditation is an examination in learning to doubt everything that I once believed to be true. Descartes begins to doubt everything he once believed about the external world using three solid propositions sensory illusions, the dream problem and a deceiving God. Descartes skeptical argument is refuted by many philosophers, in this paper I will explain Descartes argument and compare it to G.E Moore’s response while answering if his response successfully evades Cartesian skepticism.

When we come to think of things we know from our sensory experiences, Descartes notes that the senses may be mistaken. As we may know, things are not always what they seem to be at first glance, hearing, sound or touch. This is why Descartes argues we cannot trust in the truth our of sensory knowledge. Therefore, in life we adjust our perceptions of things to the correct ones constantly. Thus, anything we believe to be true from sensory knowledge is not always feasible and this is why it must be doubted. Descartes also…
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