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Descartes and 'Meditations'
A critical analysis of Descartes' 'Meditations'
# 131184 | 750 words | 1 source | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2006 in Philosophy (Metaphysics) , Philosophy (Science) , Philosophy (Epistemology)

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This paper presents a critical response to Descartes' 'Meditations'. The paper argues that Descartes relies on circular reasoning to begin his foundation of knowledge. The writer discusses that by arguing for clear and distinct perception, Descartes must rely on a notion of God to overcome his method of doubt. But to prove God, he must rely on clear and distinct perception.

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"Rene Descartes first published his Meditations on First Philosophy in 1641. In the work, he attempted to center his own approach to philosophical argument around a central concern: What is it that we can know? In doing so, he moved philosophical debate away from the traditional debate between Plato and Aristotle concerning what constitutes reality. Following him, generations of philosophers have struggled first with epistemology, then with ontology. Because of his use of the scientific method to approach his project, applying a methodical doubt in order to determine what is knowable and what is merely to be doubted, Descartes is ..."

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