Philosophy 32 Possible Quiz #1 (for Meditation I)

1. In the first Meditation, Descartes proposes to doubt various principles that he had accepted as a basis for his beliefs in the past.
a) Why does he doubt these principles?


b) What criterion does he propose to use in determining whether to doubt these principles?


2. Explain the relevance of Descartes's claim that he is aware of "no definite signs to distinguish being awake from being asleep", to his argument in the first Meditation.


3. What two general accounts of what might have created me does Descartes consider?


4. At the end of the first Medititation, what, according to Descartes, could I know under the supposition of an evil genius?