Descartes on Unknown Faculties and Our Knowledge of the External World

@article{Newman1994DescartesOU,
  title={Descartes on Unknown Faculties and Our Knowledge of the External World},
  author={Lex Newman},
  journal={The Philosophical Review},
  year={1994},
  volume={103},
  pages={489}
}
  • Lex Newman
  • Published 1994
  • Philosophy
  • The Philosophical Review
Descartes introduces his skeptical arguments, in the First Meditation, in an order of increasing strength. First, the narrator-meditator notices that judgments concerning the nature of small and distant objects are unreliable; later, that even sensory judgments about large and close objects are in doubt-this after considering an argument related to madness and another related to dreaming; finally, that no judgments resist doubt-the renowned Deceiver Hypothesis is introduced, a skeptical device… Expand
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