Descartes and his Method

The overall method of Descartes is a method of doubt. He dismisses knowledge derived from authority, senses, and reason (Watson, 2014). His demonstration is one of clarity and absolute certainty (Skirry). He is determined to bring any belief based on sensation into doubt because they might be a dream; mathematics included, because of the existence of an evil demon with supreme power of cunning about everything.

Doubting for Truth

For the sake of his method, Descartes called into doubt all his previous beliefs. He recognizes that his doubt is merely hyperbolic (Skirry). In this way he is clearing the mind of preconceived opinions that might obscure the truth.
This is an original system of methodical doubt through which Descartes erects new foundations for knowledge based on the intuition that, when he is thinking, he exists (Watson, 2014).

Watson Richard A. 2104. "Descartes, René." Encyclopædia Britannica. Ultimate Reference Suite. Chicago: Encyclopædia Britannica.
Skirry, Justin.

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