Descartes ' View Of The Evil Genius Essay examples

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René Descartes’ main purpose was finding whether some truths really existed or not. Consequently, he understood that his aim would have been satisfied exclusively by doubting each belief he previously owned and, in order to do this, he had to meet the sceptical challenge of the evil genius. In this essay, I will start by explaining what the sceptical challenge is, examining other possible approaches to discover illusions, and arguing about what one I hold to be the most efficient. Afterwards, I will defend Descartes’ belief in deceit, against an objection that depicts the impossibility for humans to be deceived, even assuming the actual existence of a ‘Demon Doubt’ that deceives us.

Firstly, Descartes challenges the scepticism accepting that everything we experience could be an illusion, but, at the same time, also trying to identify some certainty. Yet, other responses to scepticism could also involve either accepting that everything is false or asserting that scepticism undermines itself. In fact, as we cannot find any truths, it may be incoherent to believe in the truth of scepticism itself.

According to this point of view, Descartes’ position could rather be seen as an anti-sceptical one, because, instead of believing that everything is merely false, he just holds nothing to be true and inspects the potential existence of something, rather than sceptically arguing that nothing exists. Descartes provides an evidence of this willed approach when he states: “I will follow…

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