Descartes Doubt and Certainty

Descartes Doubt and Certainty

Descartes professes that for a long time that for him to conclude that anything is firm and that it is constant according to science, he first needs to dig from the beginning the very foundations of concepts and knowledge (Lawhead 184). Moreover, he does not fail to accept everything, what he avoids doing is to believe in everything. He, therefore, makes skepticism be part of him. It is not brilliant to question everything when it is positive to be that way. I do not agree with him since he sets the standard for defining knowledge too high. This is because Descartes starts by getting to understand knowledge regarding certitude, and for him to confirm certainty he needs to doubt his beliefs, therefore if we can question what we believe in, then that shows there is no element of positivity, and so it is not knowledge.

After Descartes realized that it is impossible to examine his beliefs one by one, he turns to the strategy to demonstrate God’s existence and that God cannot be lying. By doing so, he fixes the state of being certain to everything that he has a clear understanding as well as providing foundations that pertain cognizing. The reason as to why Descartes questions his belief is because in the past, he has been deceived by his senses and probably he did not want ever to happen again. I anticipate that Descartes found certainty when he realized some things have no explanations behind them, and they need to be accepted as they are since it is knowledge. Similarly, he will find out certainty when he realizes that finding out what he can and cannot doubt will confirm what he, at least, can be sure of.

Works Cited

Lawhead, William. The Philosophical Journey: An Interactive Approach 6th Edition. New York. McGraw-Hill. 2014. Print.

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