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Scott Campbell


My research is centered on the arguments of Rene Descartes, a 17th Century philosopher, in his work The Meditations. The Meditations is composed of six entries, which are six meditations, written in form of narration. His narrative takes form in an intricately composed piece of writing, a clever argument presented through a precise and fascinating procedure. However, the artful fashion in which he conveys his method is far from an immaculately composed calculation which Descartes leads one to believe. In this paper I will present Descartes’ procedural destruction and following reassembly of the external world and his proposed discovery of the proper foundation of the sciences. I shall then discuss the unmistakable faults in his argument, presenting counter-arguments posed by Descartes’ contemporaries and further offering my own objections. I will conclude by presenting a theoretical epistemology found beneath the surface of the glaring errors which Descartes ostensibly failed to recognize.

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Scott Campbell is a senior philosophy major. He conducted his research with funding from a 2009 Adrian Tinsley Program Summer Grant. He feels he was fortunate to have been perspicaciously mentored by Dr. Laura McAlinden and is grateful for her time and effort.

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