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Descartes sets out with amazing clarity and persistence to clear himself of every false idea that he has acquired and determine what he truly knows To rid himself of these uncertainties he has developed a method of doubt with a goal to construct a set of beliefs on foundations which are indubitable On these foundations Descartes applies three levels of skepticism which in turn generate three levels at which our thoughts may be deceived by error Descartes states quite explicitly that we can doubt all things which are material as long as there are foundations for the sciences other than those which we have had up till now This skepticism also implies that doubt can free us from prejudices enabling the mind to escape the deception of the senses and possibly discover a truth which is beyond doubt The first and main deception in Descartes opinion has evolved from sense perception What ever I have up till now accepted as most true I have acquired either from the senses or through the sense But from time to time I have found that the senses deceive and it is prudent never to trust completely those who have deceived us even onceGrolier encyclopedia However doubting every single thing in ones life could only cause paranoia and chaos for the human mind Descartes argues that at the root of our beliefs lie the experiences we gain from our senses because these are sometimes mistaken he will now forfeit all of his most reliable information More importantly it may be to follow in the steps of Plato and require knowledge that is certain and absolute This argument consists of four main premises 1 All that he has accepted as true up to this point he has acquired by the senses or Cartesian Doubt through the senses 2 but on occasion these senses have been deceptive 3 It is wise not to trust anything that has
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