Descartes 's Theory Of Knowledge Essay

851 Words Jun 10th, 2015 4 Pages
Is our universe one complicated computer game with us being mere artificial intelligence made of ones and zeros? This is a strange question, one that I believe cannot be totally disproven or proven but what can we know no matter the answer? The philosopher Descartes wrestled with similar questions. He was concerned about the nature of our reality and more specifically the nature of our knowledge. (Descartes 166-167) He wanted to form a base for knowledge and a method to prove that what we know is true. Therefore, I believe that Descartes would respond to this problem by proving we have some base knowledge and by making an argument against this idea, however I do not think his theories can prove all of our knowledge.
Descartes did not discuss our universe being a computer game, as he was from another time, but he did discuss a similar skepticism, the Evil Genius argument. (Descartes 168) In this argument Descartes suggests that our thoughts could be manipulated by an evil genius, how do we know if anything we experience or know is true? (Descartes 168) First, it is important to have a definition for knowledge. For something to be considered knowledge it must be true (correspond to reality), it must be believed and according to Descartes it must be justified (or beyond doubt). (Lucas; Descartes 166-167) There is a statement that satisfies these requirements no matter the nature of reality and this knowledge is called the cogito. (Descartes 169) “Cogito ergo sum” means “I…

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