Philosophy: Descartes' Meditations Summary

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What is the main epistemological problem that the Meditator is contemplating?

The reliability of sense experience

Why does the Meditator cast aside his beliefs and start anew?

To seek metaphysical certainty as the foundation for knowledge

According to the Meditator, why should sense experiences be doubted?

They are often deceptive

What example does the Meditator give to illustrate a sense experience that might be doubted?

Dreaming about immediate sensations

How does the Meditator suggest that dream experiences challenge the reliability of sense experiences?

Sense experiences in dreams are not actual experiences

What conclusion does the Meditator draw about doubting his own immediate sense experiences?

One could still be dreaming despite immediate sensations

What does the Meditator suppose when he decides not to worry about whether he is awake or asleep?

He supposes he is asleep and questions if he can still access something indubitable.

What concept does the Meditator infer from the seeming reality of colors in dreams?

The underlying simplicity and universality of dream images.

Why does the Meditator entertain the idea that God could be a deceiver?

Because the Meditator doubts his own intellectual capabilities.

What causes the Meditator to conclude that the idea of God as a deceiver is false?

The certainty of mathematical truths like 'two plus three equals five'.

Why does the Meditator resolve to assume that he may be deceived by 'some evil spirit'?

He thinks it is better to assume deception than to trust perceived truths.

What leads the Meditator to be unable to believe anything is true after considering the possibility of exhaustive deception?

His exhaustion from the laborious task of radical doubt.

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