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The purpose of Descartes Meditations is a search for truth Descartes has set out from a philosophical perspective to find out what truth he can in the world we live in In order to do this Descartes reasons that he must throw out all previously held knowledge and start from scratch allowing then a closer examination of each piece of knowledge and discovering how it can be proven to be true or false and then building on each discovery until he arrives at true conclusions about our world and the verifiability of knowledge we have collected about it He compares his quest for knowledge metaphorically suppose a person had a basket full of apples and wanted assurance that each apple was free from rot would not that person remove all of the apples and examine each apple individually It is in this way he examines knowledge with each piece of knowledge being compared to an apple and knowledge as a whole is seen as the basket full of apples - with each part comprising a different aspect of it However Descartes is a skeptic and as such he cannot build truth from the knowledge that he doubts and since in the first meditation he does not arrive at his first truth something with which to construct his base of knowledge upon he begins by setting out what he can cast into doubt To bring to light another metaphor that perhaps sheds more light on his approach we turn to that of a ship at sea in desperate need for repairs If the state of such a ship was that it was in such great need for repairs that it would sink without them the captain or whoever was in charge of making such a decision could not order that the whole ship be scrapped for then he would be in the sea Instead he must deal with what he has and repair the inner framework
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