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Introduction Descartes Meditations on First Philosophy 16th Century emergence of modern philosophy changes from Classical inheritance takes on new task modern conception question of knowledge Descartes certain that knowledge is possible uses philosophy to show how knowledge is possible figures knowledge is a Philosophical principle not way of world organization knowledge aka K secure wont come from empiracle world philosophy is the only way to achieve it provides foundation for science Meditations written in Latin and French Part 1 gives us approach to what we will be reading in the Meditations I observed with regard to philosophy despite being cultivated by best minds it certained no point that is undisputed or doubtful Philosophy provides blue print dealing with knowledge in order to show flaws in theory of K Descartes gathered the great minds of his times to contribute to his book Things that are disputable doubtful where there is disputably easier to think cant rely on what anyone says Doubt pernicious difficult to construct system of knowledge in climate of doubt skepticism Descartes admits situation any project of knowledge should be placed center stage to defeat 20th C Hana Arendt says Descartes was first to conceptualize modern doubting its invisible Modern Age conceptual philosophy article of wonder things are amazing constructed ramifications of doubt Descartes not interested in skepticism with philosophy confronts question are you mining knowledge says you must make doubt center stage and defeat it obsessed with questions how do I know if I am awake How do I know if I am dreaming or if this
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