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Rationalism Descartes Med 4 Cartesian Circle

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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHLB35H3
Professor
Monica Boyd
Semester
Fall

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Descartes The Cartesian Circle and Meditation FourThe Cartesian CircleAt the beginning of Meditation Three the meditator says he cant yet endorse the CD Rule that everything I very clearly and distinctly perceive is true because of the possibility of a deceiving God 3435To eliminate this possibility he attempts to demonstrate that God exists and cannot be a deceiverBut it looks like theres a problem doesnt the proof of Gods existence only work so long as we assume that whatever we clearly and distinctly perceive is true Arnauld raises this very point in the Objections and Replies 73Possible responsesa Descartes own distinguish between actually CD perceiving something and remembering having CD remembered something 79b Descartes is only after psychological certaintyc in order to provide a reason to doubt CD perception the hypothesis of a deceiving God has to withstand rational scrutiny we see in Meditation T
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