Paper on Descartes

Apr 28th, 2015
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In his celebrated "Dream Argument," Descartes maintained that we should not trust any test that purports to distinguish dreaming from waking states. For any test you can think of, Descartes argued, you can never know whether you actually performed the test (and so have in hand useful test results) or whether you merely dreamed that you performed it (and so do not have any test results -- the test never took place because you merely dreamed that you performed it!).Your assignment this week is to apply Descartes' argumentation to the "pinch test," according to which if you pinch yourself hard right now and feel a sharp stab of pain then you know that you are awake. Please be sure that your essay addresses the following: What would what would Descartes conclude about the reliability of the pinch test? Exactly why would he conclude this? Do you agree with Descartes' reasoning and conclusion? Why or why not? Please ensure that your essay addresses each component of the assigned questions and

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Descartes was a French philosopher whose work, La geometries, includes his application of algebra to geometry which contributed a lot to todays Cartesian geometry. His work had a great influence on both mathematicians and philosophers. Descartes is often credited with being the Father of Modern Philosophy due to his break with the traditional Scholastic-Aristotelian philosophy prevalent at his time and to his development and promotion of the new, mechanistic sciences (Boyer 1985). Descartes attempted to address the former issue via his method of doubt. His basic strategy was to consider false any belief that falls prey to even the slightest doubt. This hyperbolic doubt then serves to clear the way for what Descartes considers to be an unprejudiced search for the truth.Considering Descartes dream argument, it stated clearly that there is no difference between the dream and being awake. While people dreams they dont realize they are in dreaming stage. Their conscious will be out of their thinking and even if they get awake also they cannot remember easily about their dreaming (Daniel 1992). So this led to Descartes to wonder whether one could actually be dream

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