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MEDITATION OF THE THINGS OF WHICH WE MAY DOUBT.

Running Head : DOUBT AND ITS FUNCTION IN PHILOSOPHY

Doubt and Its Function in Philosophy

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Doubt and Its Function in Philosophy

Rene Descartes , in his First Meditation ' entitled What Can Be Called into Doubt within his book Meditations on First Philosophy lies down the foundation for his brand of rationalism as he posits that `the mind or reason is the only faculty

of the human body that will allow an individual to possess `certain and indubitable ' beliefs that will serve as the foundation of `a firm and abiding superstructure ' of knowledge acquisition (1996 ,

.11-18 . The bases for his argument are the following assumptions (1 ) A `malignant demon ' exists who enables man 's deception (2 ) God exists as he provides man the faculty of reason that enables him to evade the deceptions caused by this `malignant demon and (3 ) The deceptions caused by this malignant demon takes the form of sensory deceptions

In to prove the third assumptions , Descartes provides two examples (1 ) The senses occasionally mislead us with respect to minute objects ' and (2 ) There exists no certain marks by which the state of waking can ever be distinguished from sleep (Descartes , 1996 br

.12-13

One can pose several questions to Descartes ' assumptions in his first meditation . First , one may pose the question regarding the circularity of Descartes ' argument as he...

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