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Glen Szabo Intro To Philosophy Descartes Paper Due 111099Descartes Meditations is a discussion of metaphysics or what is really real In these writings he ultimately hopes to achieve absolute certainty about the nature of everything including God the physical world and himself It is only with a clear and distinct knowledge of such things that he can then begin understand his true reality In order to acquire absolutely certainty Descartes must first lay a complete foundation of integrity on which to build up his knowledge The technique he uses to lay this base is doubt If any belief can be doubted it is not certain therefore making unusable as a foundation Descartes starts by looking at our usual sources for truth Authority which is churches parents and schools he says are not reliable sources for truth because time shows we all die and that we are eventually proved wrong much in the same way the accepted truths of science have changed dramatically over the course of history Also he considers the generally excepted view that our senses dependably report the absolute nature of reality
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