Descarte

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Philosophy

 

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Randy B

 

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March 23, 2011

 

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University

 

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As proof of how our senses can mislead us, the philosopher gives examples of how things we see at a distance may appear smaller than they actually are or a straight stick that has been placed halfway in water will appear bent. Thus, he warns against putting all our trust in our senses while searching for truth, since as he puts it, “it is prudent never to trust completely those who have deceived us even once” (12)...
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Thus, he warns against putting all our trust in our senses while searching for truth, since as he puts it, “it is prudent never to trust completely those who have deceived us even once” (12). In layman’s terms, fool me once shame on you; fool me twice shame on me. For Descartes, the fact that our senses can be tricked so easily and so are not to be trusted throws everything that he had previously believed to be most certain into doubt, including his own bodily existence...
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