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From this provisional vantage point, Descartes will show the meditator that he can understand the essence of the mind and body and learn of the existence of a supremely perfect being. Only after the meditator has learned all of this will the scaffolding be disassembled and a new sensory connection between the mind and the world be instated. Some might feel that Descartes could have accomplished his ends without recourse to something so extravagant as methodological doubt. " Descartes would claim that this reservation does not take seriously enough the sensory ideology that he is attempting to combat.
Rosenthal, originally appeared in Essays on Descartes' Mediations, ed. Amelie Oksenberg Rorty (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986), 405-34. Chapter 7, "Epistemic Appraisal and the Cartesian Circle" by Fred Feldman, originally appeared in Philosophical Studies 27 (1975): 37-55. Chapter 8, "Descartes' Ontological Argument" by Anthony Kenny, originally appeared in Fact and Existence, ed. Joseph Margolis (Oxford: Blackwell, 1969), 18-36. Chapter 9, "Descartes: The Epistemological Argument for Mind-Body Distinctness" by Margaret D.
AT VII 195) Descartes's response is surprising: A dreamer cannot really connect his dreams with the ideas of past events, though he may dream that he does. For everyone admits that a man may be deceived in his sleep. But afterwards, when he wakes up, he will easily recognize his mistake. (AT VII 196) This reply seems to concede everything the skeptic needs to keep his scenario going, namely, that if we were dreaming, application of the anti-skeptical criterion might fail. The claim that the criterion works when we are awake ("when he wakes up, he will easily recognize his mistake") is beside the point.
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