Phl 302
Dr. Uzgalis
Winter 1996


The NEXT Reading Guide

READING GUIDE FOR MEDITATIONS I-II

Brief written answers to 5 and 7 are due in class on

  1. What does Descartes announce as his project at the beginning of Meditation I?

  2. What standard is he going to use to decide whether to reject a belief or not?

  3. What can be doubted on the hypothesis that the senses sometimes deceive us concerning things hardly perceptible or far away? What can't be doubted?

  4. What can be doubted on the hypothesis that Descartes is dreaming? What cannot be doubted?

  5. Why does Descartes employ the hypothesis of an evil genius? What can be doubted onthis hypothesis and what cannot?

  6. In Meditation II, Descartes says he is seeking an Archemedion point of certainty? In what does he find it?

  7. Having established that he exists, Descartes remarks "I do not yet know clearly enough what I am ..." What does he decide he is and how?

  8. What is Descartes' reply to the claim that corporeal bodies are more distinctly known than minds? What role does the example of the wax play in his reaching this conclusion?

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