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    René Descartes first builds up his position in Meditations on First Philosophy by starting with pushing aside all that we know and learned as it was based on the empiricist thinking, that our beliefs are to be based on our sense experience, which is the perceived foundation of how everyone thinks. This way of thinking, according to Descartes, should be abandon as it is a defective way to do so when learning. Even thinking by numbers and figures are not a good foundation when gaining knowledge in Descartes’ Meditations, so he takes through his thoughts so that we come to same conclusion as him on why the methodological doubt should be used to better our understanding of the world. The beliefs we currently have are invalid since our senses…

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    Descartes: Meditations of First Philosophy is made up of six meditations. In the first meditation, Descartes discredits all beliefs of things that are uncertain by proving what he knows for sure is true. In the first meditation titled: “Concerning those things that can be called into doubt,” Descartes presents many skeptical arguments, doubting each one. He falsifies his arguments about perception, dreams, evil demons and God. First, Descartes believes that his perceptions are deceiving him and…

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    Ideas are whatever is perceived or understood about something; despite this simple definition, humankind's capacity to acquire and understand these complex thoughts remains a controversy in philosophical literature. As major role models in the foundation of modern philosophy, Descartes and Locke feud over the definition of these ideas, the acquisition of these concepts, and the content of these thoughts. Descartes identifies with a rationalistic view where knowledge is based on innate ideas and…

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    In Meditations on First Philosophy/Meditation 1 Descartes insists that we might not have any surety in our knowledge. He concludes that reality as we know it is false, and we are ultimately deceived. This is interesting because there is no way to prove we can determine whether this is true or false logic. The claim has no intent on changing our daily actions, our moral beliefs, or our role in the universe, but is intended to bring us into open-mindedness. If we allow ourselves to accept the…

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    studies of modern science to this era. Scholasticism is what are past down truths that have been assumed from our knowledge of religion and philosophy throughout time. Scholasticism should not be questioned, since it is passed down. Copernicus, known for his works with the creation of the world, founded the idea of the revolution of the heavenly spheres. He is considered one of the first people to trigger the beginning of the revolution.…

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    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…

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    Descartes didn’t want to have the same fate as Galileo so he did not confront the church directly with his findings. He believes in God but also believes that there is a link between him and philosophy. At this point in history, the church put the fear of God into everyone. People had to agree with the church on everything. People were expected to not stray away, like Galileo, and discover the world in a different manner. Descartes wanted to bring the church and philosophers together, and wrote…

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    Name: Course: Institution: Date: Meditations on First Philosophy by Descartes: Failure of Descartes replies to his objections In ‘Meditations on First Philosophy' Descartes provides a true and certain foundation upon which to build a system of knowledge. According to Descartes, we can only guarantee our beliefs regarding a reality by limiting all what we believe to be indubitable. In his first Meditation, Descartes argues that the existence of a reflective thought should be the first principle…

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    In 1640 Descartes published his famous Meditations on First Philosophy through which he shared his personal reflections on the separation of physical and intellectual realities. By demonstrating the distinctions between imagination and understanding, Descartes is able to declare the mind separate from the body. Through logical deduction, Descartes makes a case for the presence of a higher, heavenly power. With new information from modern science, society contradicts his initial comprehension of…

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    church had said to be true; so, people began to question what else could be false. Meditations on First Philosophy by René Descartes discusses this topic and goes as far as outlining an argument as to why God is real. Descartes was writing at the same time of the scientific revolution and he even contributed to scientific discoveries. Therefore, it is questionable as to whether Descartes leans more towards science or religion. His ontological argument goes step by step trying to prove God’s…

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