Analyze the argument that Descartes constructs in the six meditations of his Meditations on First Philosophy in his search for certainty. What is his method of doubt (Meditation 2)? What does he mean by the famous phrase, “I think, therefore I am” (Meditation 2)? Why is the idea of infinity (God) the second “clear and distinct” idea that Descartes discovers in in his mind (Meditation 3)? What is the cause of error, and how can we avoid it (Meditation 4)? What is the essence of bodies or material things, as opposed to minds (Meditation 5)? How does Descartes prove the existence of material things (Meditation 6)? Do you find Descartes’s overall argument persuasive? In your conclusion, briefly explain why or why not.
The only citations should be used from the book of meditations.