o Meditation 1: October 17, 2011
• -Decarte is going to re-examine all of his formal beleifs.
• -In meditation 1: all of the beliefs he is examining are sensory beliefs!
• -Theory of perception: is typically called representative Realism.
• -The difficulty is that u can only compare your perceptions. It is by examining that we can
try and determine the truth or falsity of our perceptions.(pg 46) Descarte 1 paragraph
• -Examination of his principles are to be done systematically.
• -Descarte says “ the senses like border guards use guidelines by which to decide if
perceptions are true or false. ( principle of evidence 1) ( both leads to error and could
lead to error).Therefore given that errors have occurred using this principle of evidence,
this principle is rejected. This will all be treated as hyperbolic doubt. These principles of
evidence are not articulated by Descarte.
• -Principle of evidence (n)- the representative realism assumes but can never prove that
there is an external world. Finally, therefore in the last principle of evidence(n), what you
will see is that the external world of existence comes into scrutiny, the consequence of
this is that descarte is convinced starting with the most naïve of these beleifs and going
to the most complex beleifs, the belief that descarte then adopts is that nothing of his