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Descartes Dream Argument
Explain Descartes’s dream argument. Why does Descartes think it is difficult to know that we are not dreaming? How many of our former beliefs does it call into doubt? Do you agree that the possibility that you might be dreaming is a good reason for doubting all of your beliefs about the external world?
(i) Explain the Argument: Explain in your own words how Descartes argues that the possibility he might be dreaming is a reason for skepticism about the external world. Focus only on the part of the Meditations that is about dreaming.
(ii) Raise an Objection: Explain in your own words what reason someone might give for disagreeing that this is a good reason for skepticism about the external world. The objection may be your own idea, or it may come from the reading or another source. If it is not your own idea, make sure that you cite your source. (1-2 paragraphs)
(iii) Explain Your Opinion: Next, say whether you agree that the possibility that you might be dreaming is a good reason for doubting all of your beliefs about the external world. If you disagree with the objection raised, make sure to explain why. Explain your reasoning. Try to anticipate and answer any possible objections to your point of view. (1-3 paragraphs)