Rene Descartes Argument Analysis

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Rene Descartes was a French philosopher in the 17th century who flirted with the idea that everything that in the world was false. The concept of everything being somewhat unreliable with no real certainty attached is the basis of skepticism. Throughout his studies, Descartes introduced an idea that helped justify his argument of everything being fake. This idea is that there may be an all powerful evil being whose goal is to deceive one from reality.
Descartes frames it rather simply as, “some evil genius of the greatest power and cunning, who has employed all his energies to deceive me”. While the claim is rather simple, that there exists something trying to mess with someone all the time, the justification is not. Descartes does not explicitly state it but this argument implies that God does exist …show more content…

If our beliefs are wrong, science could be wrong altogether.
If science could be wrong, we should doubt it.
Since there is a doubt for science, we should reject science altogether as a source of knowledge.
Descartes’ unstated assumption is that if are freethinking, you exist because a deceiver can not make you think if you are not thinking or make you think you exist when you do not think. The premises of Descartes’ argument are valid points because of the use of skepticism. By questioning complex objects (such as science and math), which are categorized in a specific manner made by man, we can see that most concepts that are thought up by man have some potential of being false. In a larger sense, if no man is made perfect- then no system made by man could be considered perfect. This is what we see in the premise of the evil deceiver. If Man believes in something to be perfect when it is actually being altered or is imperfect- then we cannot truly know what something perfect is. Thus, the most conventional way to look at things is in an accepted form of

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