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One reason is simply that the question what if anything is anything certain is an interesting one We live in a world where there are diverse opinions views and theories about many matters Often these views we hold with great confidence yet what passes for knowledge is continually changing as new scientific discoveries are made and new theories are devised Have you ever asked yourself if whether anything is really certain Or that those who live in uncertainty take guidance from the prevailing expert opinion of the day which may change tomorrow Has the thought that nothing is certain crossed your mind Rene Descartes a philosopher and mathematician of the 16th century was dissatisfied with such prospects I will try to analyze Descartes 1st 2nd and 6th meditation The purpose of mediation I is to determine what propositions if any cannot be doubted By this doubt then Descartes does not mean to reject permanently all his former beliefs Some of them may well be true But if they are then Descartes wants to rediscover them in the sense of showing that they follow logically from basic indutible propositions the main purpose so that Descartes can use them as foundations upon which to rebuild his knowledge The doubt is a way of rethinking everything from the beginning so as to achieve the certainty that he is seeking Throughout mediations I Descartes doubts or call into question his old beliefs In the very first sentence of Meditation I Descartes declares that he must question his beliefs if he wanted to establish anything at all in the science that was stable and likely to last and near the end he repeats that he must withhold assent from his previous beliefs if he wants to discover certainty The two sentences in the quotations are crucial to Descartes argument because in them Descartes reveals his purpose to discover what if anything is certain It is for the sake
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