So Descartes spends the whole time in this book, which you’ve now finished reading, trying to prove two simple

So Descartes spends the whole time in this book, which you’ve now finished reading, trying to prove two simple things, and one not so simple (rather huge) thing. The simple things: I exist; and a whole wide world apart from me exists, including other people and other things. The not so simple: God exists. But at the end of the day, do you think that Descartes achieves his goals? What do you think of how he tries to achieve his goals — first, doubt everything; then, come to be convinced that at least I exist; then prove that God exists and doesn’t deceive me or anyone else (the ultimate non-fake news source); and then, since I’m “strongly inclined” to think there are real objects external from me, I’m able to be convinced, finally and at long last, that there really is a whole wide world out there, waiting for me to explore to and to know it more deeply. Is Descartes just proving what we already know, or have we discovered something important on this journey from doubt to absolute certainty? Please make sure your response is between 250-500 words, and that your reply to another response is meaningful — beyond “I agree”!

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