Recap Meditation 1:
Apply the method of doubt in order to find something certain = indubitable.
Give the Evil Genius hypothesis, it seems that NOTHING is certain.
Meditation 2: What survives the evil genius hypothesis?
Seeking an Archimedean Point
I.e. Something to stand on, a starting place
The Law of the Lever:
Give me one solid point to stand on, and I will move the world.
One indubitable certainty to ground the rest.
Assume an Evil Genius:
Is it certain, then, that the Evil Genius exists?
No – I could be deceiving myself.
“Am I not then at leastsomething ?”
So long as I am thinking/doubting, I must exist!
If I am being deceived, I must exist.
The evil genius “will never bring it about that I am nothing so long as I shall think I am something.”
Cogito ergo sum = “I think, therefore I am”
“This pronouncement ‘I am, I exist’ is necessarily true every time I utter it or conceive it in my mind.”
That “I exist” must be true every time I think it.
The attempt to doubt is logically selfdefeating .
If I am thinking/doubting/being deceived, then there must be something that thinks/doubts/is
It i selfevident that “I think, therefore I am.” Cogito = The Archimedean Point
I am certain that “I exist” – it is selfevident
But, what am I?