Due, as an attachment, via the “Assignments” tool on Canvas, by 11:55pm on
Tuesday, February 6.
Please choose one of these arguments from Descartes’s First or Second
Meditations and, in approximately 2–3 pages (double spaced), do the following:
(1) brieﬂy explain in your own words what the argument is supposed to prove and
how (focus only on the argument you have chosen; you should not summarize
the rest of the text); (2) bring up an apparently serious objection to the
argument; (3) explain how Descartes would respond to the objection.
(Needless to say this should be your own original work.If you have
any questions about policies on plagiarism and related issues, please see
Note that this is not a full scale paper — you need not, and should not, write
an introduction and conclusion, summarize other parts of the Meditations, etc.
Just please focus on doing (1)–(3) above.
Also note: to do this well you need to come up with an objection that is
serious and think of a good way for Descartes to respond to it. The worse you can
make things look for Descartes — as long as you can still get him out of it in the
end! — the better your paper.
Objections based on modern technology (or imaginary future technology) are
discouraged. If you think of such an objection, see if you can come up with a
similar one that involves only things Descartes himself knew about or imagined.
(In most cases that should be possible. For example, you could use a powerful evil
Please write the number of the argument you have chosen at the beginning of
your paper (you don’t need to quote it).
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