Summary #3: Renes Descartes Meditation 1 and 2

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University of Toronto Mississauga
Diana Raffman

Rens Descartes: He was one of the most important thinkers of the early modern period. His work in philosophy and mathematics set the tone for subsequent investigation of these topics. He looks at radical skepticism (when everything we believe has doubt). Descartes wrote six meditations. Meditation 1 (what can be called into doubt): When he was a child, he felt that he had been deceived, and was stuck by a large number of falsehoods that he believed (example) Santa Claus. He wanted to forget everything completely and start again with foundations so that anything he learned in the sciences and generally would be stable and likely to last. His beliefs had to be foundational. They provide foundations of security. Overall, beliefs have strong and secure foundations. - Skepticism: This is anyone who challenges our beliefs. - Reasons to doubt: If you can find a reason to doubt your beliefs and see something false about it, then you should reject it. He wants to know how we know when something we know is right or wrong. If the belief isnt c
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