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Descartes' Cogito Argument

1. Explain and discuss the cogito argument in the Second Meditation. What is the cogito argument? What does it try to show? What epistemological and metaphysical conclusions can the meditator derive from the cogito? In what ways is it connected to the rest of Descartesâ?? project? Is it enough to resolve any of the skeptical doubts raised in the First Meditation? If so, how? If not, why not?

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Dear Student,

Here is a response to your questions. I encourage you to read through it carefully and build on these ideas by thinking further about the problem, and by drawing on other resources. It is particularly useful to research what other philosophers have said about Descartes project, particularly when it comes to answering the final two questions about whether or not the cogito argument resolves the skeptical doubt conveyed in the first meditation.

Please let me know if I can be of further assistance or if you require further clarification.

I wish you well with the rest of your studies, and may your interest in philosophy continue.

Kind regards
Anita (OTA)
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1. Explain and discuss the cogito argument in the Second Meditation. What is the cogito argument? What does it try to show? What epistemological and metaphysical conclusions can the meditator derive from the cogito? In what ways is it connected to the rest of Descartes' project? Is it enough to resolve any of the skeptical doubts raised in the First Meditation? If so, how? If not, why not?

The cogito argument in the second meditation relates to the famous "I think therefore I am" argument (cogito ergo sum) of Descartes 'A ...

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The solution provides insight, information and advise on the Cartesian 'cogito' argument from the Second Meditation to help in tackling the question set (see above) that asks for an explanation and analysis of it. References are included in the narrative.

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