The Cartesian Doubt Argumentative Essay Student’s Name Institution Date The Cartesian Doubt Argumentative Essay Descartes' Dreaming Hypothesis on the impossibility of knowing whether an individual has a body as well as whether the external world exists raises eyebrows. He uses the dreaming phenomenon in his skeptical hypothesis which explains that everything that we presently believe as truth could be fabricated and spawned by a dream (Bandyopadhyay Brittan & Taper 2016). In his first meditation he holds the rational view that dreams are as a result of the experiences we often have akin to those in a waking situation. This argument seems to hold no water as Descartes likens the act of dreaming to that of waking and claims that our experiences may be false illusions. However after reflecting that there are never certain symbols whereby waking can be distinguished from sleeping. Therefore this means that he doubts the things me. No particular argument or evidence can rationalize religion. Trust and faith drive me toward believing in the Creator and the external objects. No amount of proof can work toward the establishment of religion thus all beliefs that can be reasonable are based on basics. However I must admit that rationalism aids in opening the mind toward accepting of the faith and religion. Even though we form our realities (consciousness) in mind the real reality exists. Consciousness is only but mere perceptions of what exists. References Bandyopadhyay P. S. Brittan G. & Taper M. L. (2016). Descartes’ Argument from Dreaming and the Problem of Underdetermination. SpringerBriefs in Philosophy 143-151. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-27772-1_10 Bouwsma O. K. (1949). Descartes' Evil Genius. The Philosophical Review 58(2) 141. doi:10.2307/2181388 Duncan S. M. (2009). The proof of the external world: Cartesian theism and the possibility of knowledge. Cambridge U.K: James Clarke & Co. Wright J. P. (2009). Hume's ‘A Treatise of Human Nature’. doi:10.1017/cbo9780511808456 [...]
Choose ONE from among the 8 topics provided and write an argumentative essay of @ 1500-2000 words, that is, about 4-6 double-spaced, typewritten pages (longer is not necessarily better). The paper should cite at least three outside sources in addition to at least one citation from the course textbook. Use proper MLA, APA, or CMS style and documentation guidelines; choose whichever style you know best. Note that MLA or CMS are most commonly used in professional philosophical writing.