Descartes 's Theory Of Knowledge Essay

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In order to attain true knowledge, Descartes realized he would have to throw away all of his previous notions of truth and knowledge and start again from the original foundation of his knowledge. This foundation was that of sensory perception; Descartes did not believe that the information that we receive through our senses could be trusted, because they are often quite deceptive. Descartes plants the seed of doubt in the senses, and then throughout his meditations shows what he knows to be true. The following essay will describe how he comes to establish the truths at the start of his proof, the consequences of the proof and some of the flaws in his argument.
To start his proof, Descartes begins by analyzing all of his basic beliefs. The Dream Argument is the first that Descartes uses to cause his reader to doubt the senses. Descartes begins to question whether he is truly sitting next to a fire in his home, or if it might be possible that he is actually being deceived. Descartes realizes that there has in fact been multiple times where he was convinced that he was sitting by the fire, even feeling its warmth, when in fact he was simply sleeping in his own bed. Dreams have the ability to deceive us, tricking us into believing that our false perceptions during our dream state are reality, because of this Descartes can’t be sure whether he can know if he is awake or asleep. I think the dream argument is one of the more convincing arguments of his proof because the mind is…

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