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|Stroud I 4
Descartes/Skepticism/Knowledge/Stroud: Descartes wants to establish principles, a general method for the investigation of our knowledge.
1) Meditation: in the end, Descartes finds that there is no reason to believe anything about the world around him.
Stroud I 16
Senses/Knowledge/Descartes: E.g. if he knows that he is sitting at the fireplace, he thinks that he knows it due to his senses.
But he also knows that it is compatible with the fact that he is only dreaming.
VsDescartes: if we allow a dreaming person to know something (e.g. mathematics, mathematical truths), does this not show that Descartes is wrong with his skepticism?
VsVs: this is not shown with that.
Descartes/Stroud: from the beginning, his skepticism was directed against everyday knowledge.
The Significance of philosophical scepticism Oxford 1984