He even goes so far as to doubt the information given to him by his five senses. I first realized how numerous were the false opinions that in my youth I had taken to be true, and thus how doubtful were all those that I had subsequently built upon them, Descartes points out that since he can doubt things he has learned as a young child, everything he learned after that must be false as well since they branch off of false information... displayed 300 characters
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I have noticed that the senses are sometimes deceptive, here, Descartes is refferring to optical illusions such as the pen in water, how it may appear to be broken in water yet is fine when taken out. It is a mark of prudence never to place our complete trust in those who have decieved us even once, because sometimes our senses transmit false or blurry information, he posits that we should never fully trust them... displayed next 300 characters
By this he implies that in order to form concrete ideas, ones impressions of pain, pleasure, joy, etc. must be invariable throughout time. This, Hume states, we know without a doubt to be impossible...
Descartes first great achievement came in the field of mathematics. Descartes' discovery was the art of analytical geometry. When he published this theory he realized it resembled closely a similar theory that caused Galileo to be incarcerated...
There is a
tendency for the human mind to return to former beliefs as a secure means of
resolving its problems. In the event that man permits this regression, he may
find it impossible to ever dispel the intellectual darkness...
what is true, and what is false?"
In the allegory of the cave, Plato views the sunlight as the truth, and the shadows in
the cave as being false, and his contribution to the question "how can we tell what is true,
and what is false" is that we have no way of knowing what is true, and what is false, until
we have experienced them both, and can compare the two...
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