Descartes ' Dream World Worry Essay

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Descartes’ Dream World Worry Descartes has a very important plan in mind for his Meditations on First Philosophy and part of this plan involves bringing everything we know into question and finding what it is that we can know about the world around us and about ourselves. He wants to do this in order to find a solid base of what we certainly know, so he can build up what we can know onto that certainty. In these meditations he brings to light some problems with knowing things that we perceive, the problems include his sanity, an evil-genius, and the possibility that anything beyond ourselves is just a dream, a simulated world within our minds. This last one, the dream world problem is the one we will concern ourselves with here. Through these meditations, especially in the first and sixth, Descartes attempts to defeat this dream world worry. I will argue that Descartes fails to prove that we do not live in a dream world, because he fails to address the concept that it is only when we know we are awake that we can see that our dreams are just that, dreams. The case against the dream world problem begins in the First Meditation almost immediately after Descartes introduces the worry. He argues that everything within dreams is based on things in our waking life, so our waking lives cannot be without a real world to get our sense perceptions from. Descartes likens our dream perceptions to a painting and how a painting is based off of a real perception and could not be…

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