for D. Palmer's Visions of Human Nature
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Chapter 5 - The Cartesian Vision of Human Nature
1. According to the author, all of the following
is true about the Thirty Years War except
2. Descartes devised his method of radical doubt, rejecting
anything as absolutely false if he could find the least grounds of doubt, in order to
3. Descartes applied his method of radical doubt to
4. Which of the following does Descartes
not attempt to demonstrate in his theory of mind?
5. In his attempt to catalogue the contents of the mind, Descartes
discovers a number of innate ideas, such as the idea of perfect supreme Being. What does Descartes mean by "innate ideas"?
6. According to Descartes, physical substance exhibits
which of the following characteristics?
7. Which of the following does
not belong amongst Descartes' enumeration of the innate ideas?
8. Which of the followings of Descartes' hypotheses bears
out his radical dualism with respect to the relation of mind and body?
9. Having proved the existence
of God as a supreme perfect being, Descartes was able to
10. According to the author, the Cartesian self
(and to some extent the modern self) is which of the following?
11. Descartes' most significant scientific achievement was the development of analytic geometry,
the demonstration that the totality of Euclidean geometry can be translated into pure arithmetic.
12. The overall aim of Descartes's philosophical
project is to show that God must exist and be perfectly good.
13. The argument Descartes used to open up the realm of mathematics
to radical doubt was his argument from dreams.
14. According to Descartes, although the human will cannot
overturn the deterministic laws of physics, it can intervene in existing causal chains and create new ones.
15. On Descartes' theory, we can infer the existence of other human minds
only from their observable behaviors.
Here are some short answer questions you might consider.
1. What is the function of Descartes's demon hypothesis in his "game" of radical doubt?
2. How did Descartes argue for the indubitability of the self?
3. What are some of the problems with the modern self Descartes created, and how would you address them?
4. What's the function of Descartes proof of the existence of God in the overall scope of his philosophical system?
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