The Human Perception Of The Cartesian Plane And By Rene Descartes

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Rene Descartes was a French mathematician and philosopher from the 1600s who created the Cartesian plane and is the author of “Meditations.” In “Meditations,” he mentioned his goal was to want certain knowledge to be firm and lasting, or undoubtable as he explained there are already many things that are deceiving us such as sense data (e.g. optical illusions) and dreams. Thus, he suggested that everyone should doubt old beliefs, old habits, seemingly obvious truths such as 2+3=5, and anything that has deceived people once by doubting the foundational beliefs and by imagining an evil deceiver. He underwent a revelation early in his life and shortly afterwards threw everything he ever knew out the window. He did not even believe the simplest obvious truths until he was able to prove it to himself confidently. His dream hypothesis is a major part and reason for his belief that the human perception of the senses is unreliable. He challenged the idea that sense perception leads to accurate information in the end and he used the dream argument as one of the arguments to display his point.
In “Meditations,” Descartes first addressed the theology faculty of Sorbonne in Paris by responding to their objections to his views on the human senses. Descartes acknowledged the fact that he can be considered crazy if he claims that he is uncertain that he possesses a body. However, he supports his claim by stating that he experiences the reality, when he is awake, in his dreams as well,…

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