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    'I think, therefore I am?"

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    What is meant by the statement "I think, therefore I am?" Explain in detail and agree or disagree with the author of this statement.

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    If you've read Meditation I, you know that Descartes is seeking certainty ? an unshakable foundation upon which to build a systematic body of knowledge. His problem, however, is that all his beliefs are doubtful ? they might be true, but they might be false. So, he undertakes the method of doubting his beliefs until he finds one that is indubitable.

    At the end of Meditation I, Descartes has got himself into a rather difficult situation. He realizes that, as far as he knows, he might be dreaming or awake (or even dreaming all the time). This is because he has no standard by which to distinguish dreaming from waking. ...

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    Descartes' reasoning is debated. The statement 'I think, therefore I am?" is examined.