Descartes 's Meditations On First Philosophy Essay

1190 Words Nov 22nd, 2016 5 Pages
If the world you lived in wasn’t real, how would you know? In this paper, I will be discussing Descartes’s line of reasoning while attempt to prove the uncertainty of many ordinary beliefs using his universal or Cartesian doubt, in Descartes’s book Meditations on First Philosophy. Dubbed the “Father of Modern Philosophy”, Descartes was a philosopher in Sweden who taught others philosophy, and was also a huge advocate for mathematics, specifically geometry. He doubts everything that his senses inform his of, and even the reasoning procedure, because he wants to conquer skepticism. He knows, however, that he is real because he has the ability to think. By looking at Meditations of First Philosophy by Descartes, one can see that knowledge can’t come from senses, but from the mind itself; this is essential because The First Meditation, which teaches us to doubt whatever knowledge we have, brings up the arguments that life is an illusion, dreams that are coherent with reality and that God is deceiving us or there is an evil genius in our lives, tormenting us. Illusions are quite simply, something that looks or seems different from what it is. In life, we are often turn to our senses to help guide us, and we are hardly led astray. When we are, however, we begin to question our surroundings and perhaps even life itself. Deceit becomes apparent in our lives, and doubt soon begins to settle. Descartes is quoted as to saying “all things I see are illusions; I believe that nothing has…

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