Descartes on Certain Truths

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Descartes on Certain Truths
René Descartes made the case “that there is absolutely nothing certain.” Descartes argued that many notions of false opinions should actually be realized to be truths. He utilized a variety of arguments to make this case. One of the most compelling arguments he placed in this regard was that of the existence of God. In general, God is simply assumed to be a truth, and scripture is assumed to be a proof of this divinity. By accepting both the concept of God and the word of scripture to be truth, this argument becomes tautological reasoning. Descartes argued that many different opinions exist which are widely accepted to be truths, but this acceptance is often based upon the valuation of the opinions of others,...
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.....t sights and sounds are actually perceived do vary by culture. The intricacies of physical perceptions such as pain can be culturally based. Thus, while in principle I would agree that intellectual inquiry and physical senses are reliable endeavors and metrics respectively, I would also make the case that such components bear cultural character and are largely Western perspectives in modernity.
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