Rene Descartes Demon Argument Analysis

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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
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Descartes provides an evidence of this willed approach when he states: “I will follow this strategy until I discover something that is certain or, at least, until I discover that it is certain only that nothing is certain” (Descartes. II Meditation. Pag. …show more content…
I will not believe it” (Wilson. Descartes 's Meditations: An Introduction. Pag. 33). This is an approach deliberately different from the others depicted by Wilson, that could involve total credulity or scepticism, or principles of believing in something subjectively or just because the majority or an authority believe in that (Wilson. Descartes 's Meditations: An Introduction. Ch.1). For the philosopher engages with the only method that seems to be aimed to reveal any real truths, we may assume that this is the most efficient approach in the search of knowledge.

Secondly, this next section provides a deeper understanding of the method we examined, that will be called the “Method of Doubt” from now on. First of all, the Meditator asserts that senses and dreaming deceive us, because we cannot be certain of what we experience through senses or dreaming, as we could never know whether we are awake or asleep. His perspective was essentially against empiricism, that differently highlighted the importance of what we experience through sensorial

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