Descartes' Method of Hyperbolic Doubt

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  Hyperbolic doubt: At the beginning of the First Meditation, Descartes announces that he seeks "to set aside all the opinions which I had previously accepted" (p. 177). Why does Descartes wish to do this? Do you consider his reasons for doing this reasonable? Why or why not? Do you  consider his epistemological project important? Why or why not?

  The testimony of our senses: The first doubt that Descartes discusses focuses on the idea that our senses occasionally mislead us. What conclusions does Descartes draw from this? Do you agree with his line of thought? Why or why not?


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