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Descartes: Philosophy Essay

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Summarize, in about a page and a half what YOU think Descartes’ two best arguments or reasons for his conclusion that one can’t reasonably claim to know that one has hands! In three pages…Do you believe that you have hands and is this belief reasonable? If so, where did Descartes go wrong? Set out what part of Descartes project you agree with and what part you don’t

  • Summarize, In about a page and a half, what YOU think is Descartes’ two best arguments or reasons for his conclusion that one can’t reasonably claim to know that one has hands I
  • Do you believe that you have hands and is this belief reasonable? If so, where did Descartes go wrong? Set out what part of Descartes project you agree with and what part you don’t (3 pages)

(If you find that you can’t know you have hands, why do you suppose that only you and Descartes understand this?)

Questions you might wish to muse over:

-Why does he change his mind so often?

-Does knowledge require certainty?   Is answering his doubt about the source of our sensations easier If we only have to prove It is unlikely we are brains-In-a-vat?  How so?

If this Isn’t reality, it’ll do!  Agreed, so far there is no hint that we are living a lie….but is our expectation of the future regularity In our sensations justified by our past success In ignoring Descartes’s questions, or Is It just brute unjustified habit that makes us expect tomorrow will be roughly like

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