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Descartes epistemology is known as foundationalism In his Meditations Descartes tries to discover certain indubitable foundations for knowledge He is searching for absolute certainty and does this by subjecting everything to doubt Through this he reaches the one thing he believes to be certain his existence In Meditation One Descartes describes his method of doubt He subjects all of his beliefs to the strongest of doubts He invokes the notion of an all-powerful evil demon who could be deceiving him in the realm of sensory perception in his very understanding of matter and even in the simplest cases of mathematics such as in the equation 235 The doubts may be obscure but this is the strength of the method the weakness of criteria for what makes a doubt reasonable means that almost anything can count as a doubt Therefore whatever withstands doubt must be something that he considers absolutely certain In Meditation Two Descartes finds the one indubitable principle that he has been seeking He exists at least when he thinks he exists This view holds that Descartes asserts that he is thinking he believes that whatever thinks must exist and therefore that he logically concludes that he exists Furthermore Descartes is convinced that he exists since there is a God deceiving him about his existence which could only be done if he did exist But there is a deceiver of supreme power and cunning who is deliberately and constantly deceiving me In that case I too undoubtedly exist if he is deceiving me and let him deceive me as much as he can he will never bring it about that I am nothing so long as I think that I am something So after considering everything very thoroughly I must finally conclude that this proposition I am I exist is necessarily true whenever it is put forward by me or conceived in my mind p 80 This leaves him with a problem He
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