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Descartes believed that we should ask what it would mean to know about reality and to examine what reality meant He claims that unless we know first whether our belief itself is justified we cant know To determine whether our beliefs are justified we have to be able to trace them back to a statement belief or proposition that cannot be doubted Like many other philosophers the only true and believable facts are mathematical But if achieved such a proposition could place the firm foundation on which all subsequent beliefs could be grounded it would guarantee that all subsequent claims based on it would be true Descartes was big on doubting everything For us to distinguish this base of ultimate truth and knowledge of which all other knowledge can be based Descartes described a process This method is to take away all confidence in which has been taught what the senses tell us and what is thought is obvious basically regarding all that is known by us In order to determine whether there is anything we can know with certainty he says that we first have to doubt everything This doubting does not fully seem unreasonable What he suggests is that in order to see if there is some belief that cannot be doubted we should temporarily believe that everything we know is questionable Since sense experience is sometimes deceiving it is obvious to Descartes that there are two operative ways of which to draw knowledge They are intuition AB BC and deduction AC Anything else cannot be the basis for claims of knowledge We cannot know that what we experience through the senses is true with any certainty So the best thing to do is to doubt our senses Furthermore we cannot be sure that we really exist have bodies or that experience of the world in general can be trusted After all we could be dreaming the entire thing Next we cannot
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