The NEXT Reading Guide
READING GUIDE FOR MEDITATIONS I-II
Brief written answers to 5 and 7 are due in class on
- What does Descartes announce as his project at the beginning of Meditation I?
- What standard is he going to use to decide whether to reject a belief or not?
- 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?
- What can be doubted on the hypothesis that Descartes is dreaming? What cannot be doubted?
- Why does Descartes employ the hypothesis of an evil genius? What can be doubted onthis hypothesis and what cannot?
- In Meditation II, Descartes says he is seeking an Archemedion point of certainty? In what does he find it?
- 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?
- 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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