Descartes Problem Of Error Analysis

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After reading meditations the people wondered and asked Descartes, “If all humans make mistakes, how do you know that you didn’t make a mistake in writing meditations?” He then had to come up with the concept of the problem of error to explain to his readers that there was no mistake in completing meditations. The problem of error just states that basically we all make mistakes in judgement. The problem of error is closely related to the problem of evil. The problem of evil is the introduction of unnecessary suffering and pain brought into the world. By this we know that evil exists but isn’t necessary and for sure we know that evil exists because it’s all around us. Just like the problem of error it’s all around us, and we all commit it …show more content…
We make errors and god is still considered powerful. He then states that the faculties that god gave us function well only when they are used properly. Faculties are inherited powers of the mind or the body such as reason, memory, sight, and hearing. The intellect is the same thing as the understanding, it understands what it perceives mentally but, if it doesn’t understand everything it perceives then it is limited. The intellect perceives everything not with the senses but with the mind. The will is a faculty that affirms or denies whatever is put in front of the intellect, it is considered unrestrained which is considerably finite. It is absolute freedom what we choose to allow what we affirm or deny. The source of error could be found in the difference between the range of the will and that of the intellect. The will can either affirm or deny any ideas in which it is considered unlimited. Meanwhile the intellect is considered limited and can only clearly and distinctly perceive numerous amounts of ideas. Most things that the intellect perceives is unclear just like our sensory perception stated in the dream doubt argument. Descartes then came up with the clear and distinct principle to make us feel certain that we are judging correctly but, how can we know which perceptions are clear and distinct? The clear and distinct perception states that if innate ideas are running through the intellect, and you know what it is you can certainly accept it. For example the mathematical term we all know that one plus one is two. In contrast, if you don’t know or understand what goes through the intellect you deny

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