Title: Descartes First Meditation

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Subject: Philosophy
Author: Edwin M
Date: August 23, 2014
Level: University
Grade: A
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I believe hope [belief] is an essential element in retrieving knowledge, with out hope there is no possibility to obtain knowledge. Hope or belief creates a possibility that doubt erases. Isn’t it then logical to conclude that it is more likely knowledge is attainable when in the state of belief as this enables one to move through the possibilities which result in a better chance of obtaining knowledge? What I’m saying here is it seems pointless to place oneself in a position of complete doubt because it would only strip away the ability to obtain knowledge and therefore leaves one in a state where they are trapped and unable to make progress in their search for certainty...

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This implies we do not know if we are actually “sitting in front of a fire” or whether this is just a dream. Descartes uses this argument to suggest “there is never any reliable way of distinguishing being awake from being asleep.” In my opinion this argument is unconvincing. I will show that by exploring the nature of dreams it is possible to differentiate elements which are specific to dreaming from elements which are specific to a waking state (reality)...

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