Review Questions For Descartes Set 1

Descartes: Discourse On the Method of Rightly Conducting the Reason

  1. What do you make of Descartes’ analogy between a well-governed state and a properly useful logic? Are there any disanalogies or counteranalogies that might apply here? If so, list them and comment on whether or not they weaken Descartes’s analogy to the point where it is no longer informative.
  2. List and briefly describe the four laws Descartes gives himself in the Discourse.

Meditation 1

  1. With what purpose does Descartes begin the Meditations? By what method or methods does Descartes propose to achieve this purpose?
  2. To what source does Descartes attribute the majority of his past opinions? Does Descartes believe that this source is credible? Why or why not?
  3. In the course of pursuing his strategy in Meditation One, Descartes considers two hypothetical possibilities. What are these possibilities and what, specifically, does Descartes take each of them to show?
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