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Skepticism. Introduction. The First Meditation. The First Meditation.

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Skepticism

Skepticism

Introduction



The first meditation1
The First Meditation

Several years have now elapsed since I first became aware that I had accepted, even from my youth, many false opinions for true, and that consequently what I afterward based on such principles was highly doubtful; and from that time I was convinced of the necessity of undertaking once in my life to rid myself of all the opinions I had adopted, and of commencing anew the work of building from the foundation, if I desired to establish a firm and abiding superstructure in the sciences.

-Descartes, Meditations


The first meditation2
The First Meditation

The external worldis whatever exists outside of your own mind.

The internal worldis the contents of your own mind.

External World Skepticism: It is impossible for us to know anything about the external world.


The argument from sensory error
The Argument from Sensory Error

All that I have, up to this moment, accepted as possessed of the highest truth and certainty, I received either from or through the senses. I observed, however, that these sometimes misled us; and it is the part of prudence not to place absolute confidence in that by which we have even once been deceived.

-Descartes, Meditations


The argument from sensory error1
The Argument from Sensory Error

My senses have deceived me in the past.

If my senses have deceived me in the past, then I cannot place absolute confidence in them.

If I cannot place absolute confidence in my senses, then I can’t know anything about the external world.

[So] I can’t know anything about the external world.


The argument from sensory error2
The Argument from Sensory Error

But it may be said, perhaps, that, although the senses occasionally mislead us respecting minute objects, and such as are so far removed from us as to be beyond the reach of close observation, there are yet many other of their presentations, of the truth of which it is manifestly impossible to doubt.

-Descartes, Meditations


The argument from sensory error3
The Argument from Sensory Error

My senses have deceived me in the past.

If my senses have deceived me in the past, then I cannot place absolute confidence in them.

If I cannot place absolute confidence in my senses, then I can’t know anything about the external world.

[So] I can’t know anything about the external world.


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