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By Ben Dupré

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Have you lain wakeful at evening fretting over how we will be able to verify of the truth of the exterior international? might be we're in truth disembodied brains, floating in vats on the whim of a few deranged puppet-master? if this is the case, you're not on my own -- and what's extra, you're in exalted corporation. For this query and different ones love it were the stuff of philosophical rumination from Plato to Popper.

In a chain of available and engagingly written essays, 50 Philosophy principles you actually need to understand introduces and explains the issues of data, consciousness,
identity, ethics, trust, justice and aesthetics that experience engaged the eye of thinkers from the period of the traditional Greeks to the current day.

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This explanatory requirement is what is doing the work in the cogito argument of Meditation II. Suppose there is I-know-not-what deceiver, supremely powerful, and supremely cunning, who deliberately and constantly deceives me. Then I too undoubtedly exist, if he is deceiving me. And let him deceive me as much as he can, he will never bring it about that I am nothing, so long as I think that I am something. (AT vii, 25) The hypothesis that a demon is deceiving me about my own existence is selfdefeating, and therefore not a valid ground of doubt, because it entails the very proposition which, in this case, it is intended to cast doubt on.

So a crucial problem for foundationalism is that of explaining how our premises and inferential principles can be properly basic. On a popular interpretation of Descartes, his answer to this question was that beliefs are properly basic when they are either self-evident or incorrigible reports of the contents of our consciousness, and not otherwise. If this is correct, then Descartes will say that all of our justified derivative beliefs can be traced back, via finite, legitimate inferential paths, to justified basic beliefs of one or the other of these two kinds.

Nowhere in this Meditation does Descartes mention any other theory of knowledge than the one formulated at the beginning, which holds that everything (Nempe quidquid) accepted as true rests upon sense experience. The “perspicuous truths” of mathematics are described as containing “something certain and indubitable” (AT vii, 20) and as being such that we think we know them perfectly (21), but never as being clearly and distinctly perceived. Moreover, it is not difficult to understand how an empiricist could maintain the validity of pure mathematics even after the doubt about dreaming had undermined all sense-based beliefs about the natural world.

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