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Meditations on First Philosophy: Descartes

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He searches for certainty by doubting the foundations of his beliefs and by freeing his mind of all cares and prejudices. Descartes doubts the existence of external objects in the following manner: sense misperception, dream hypothesis and the evil genius. Descartes states that he had perceived objects to be of truth because of his senses...
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External objects are available to one's senses and therefore they make us perceive things for what they are not. As a result our senses deceive us, and Descartes shows us through this meditation that we have no way of knowing external objects are real because our senses are not reliable. Therefore if you deny external objects and their existence on the grounds of misperception of your senses, then in turn you are denying your own body...
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