Once reaching this point Descartes has reached his goal of a blank foundation for knowledge.
In opposition to Descartes method of doubt John Hospers challenges the word know, and the conditions of knowledge. Hospers points out that the word “know” itself takes on very different meanings, where the method of doubts uses know in the strong sense, Hospers uses it in the weak sense... displayed 300 characters
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Instead of denying all doubted knowledge Hospers argues that if you know something is not true, then you must know about the topic at hand. Although we cannot deny that Descartes efforts to deny all beliefs were valid for his goal, this argument states that knowing is believing. Unlike Descartes, Hospers assumes if you know something is true then, you believe it, whereas Descartes denies he knows something even if he does believe it, which in Hospers eyes would mean he does not know what knowledge is... displayed next 300 characters
I am skeptical as to whether Descartes' believes in God and in his own reasons for saying God exists. I have first taken into consideration the fact that during this time and place it was highly frowned upon to disagree with the church and one can be put to death for this...
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...
After all of Descartes' study and contemplation of math and science, he decided to find a single principle without doubt on which to build knowledge. His purpose in life became the development of a metaphysical theory that would prove the mathematical truth he had found...
He says that there is no need to doubt every individual opinion; we need only to undermine the foundations, attack the principles. Everything is able to be doubted, but there are things that you should not have to doubt...
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