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[evil demon] a dark force deceives us, making us believe false representations to be true

[evil demon] a dark force deceives us, making us believe false representations to be true [evil demon] a dark force deceives us, making us believe false representations to be true
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Meditations on First Philosophy
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After having questioned the information conveyed by the senses, and then having suggested that everything we believe to be reality could be just a dream, Descartes says : 

I will suppose, then, not that Deity, who is sovereignly good and the fountain of truth, but that some malignant demon, who is at once exceedingly potent and deceitful, has employed all his artifice to deceive me; I will suppose that the sky, the air, the earth, colors, figures, sounds, and all external things, are nothing better than the illusions of dreams, by means of which this being has laid snares for my credulity; I will consider myself as without hands, eyes, flesh, blood, or any of the senses, and as falsely believing that I am possessed of these; I will continue resolutely fixed in this belief, and if indeed by this means it be not in my power to arrive at the knowledge of truth, I shall at least do what is in my power, to suspend my judgment.

In spite of its power, the evil demon postulated by Descartes does not have the power to make him doubt its existence. The evidence of the cogito is so strong that this hypothesis cannot challenge it. Beyond the intuitive certainty of the cogito, Descartes' argument consists in saying that if an evil genius deceives him, he himself must be deceived.

Then without doubt I exist also if he deceives me, and let him deceive me as much as he will, he can never cause me to be nothing so long as I think that I am something.

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