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Descartes Dream Argument Question everything Descartes would like his audience to do exactly this when beginning his Meditations on First Philosophy Urging the reader to do this Descartes introduces an argument in Meditation One Concerning Those Things That Can Be Called into Doubt regarding dreams vs reality Descartes argument concerning dreams in Meditation One seems to be correct In this paper I will first explain why Descartes presents the dream argument and the reasoning for placing it at the beginning of his Meditations next I will explain the dream argument itself and lastly I will illustrate why Descartes argument is true A question Descartes is determined to answer in his Meditations on First Philosophy is how one can know which beliefs he or she may hold are actually true In an attempt to begin to answer this inquiry Descartes ventures to get rid of all of his beliefs and start over with only certain beliefs To do this Descartes will perform what he calls methodical doubt which is an organized and planned way of finding reasons to question ones beliefs Descartes does this by attempting to attack the foundational beliefs that all of his beliefs rely on his senses Descartes calls sensory perceptions into question so that his audience will be free from sensory influence Once his audience is in the right mind-state Descartes believes they will be able to understand what he has to say more easily In an effort to make his reader question his or her senses Descartes brings up dreams He reflects upon dreams because of this it is possible for one to figure out that he or she is dreaming but some dreams are so realistic that the dreamer actually believes it is reality So if these overly realistic dreams exist and one can truly believe that he or she is feeling tasting smelling seeing or hearing something when they are actually at rest and sleeping how can one ever
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