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30/3/2011 · 2 Questions about Descartes Evil Genius..

Now, we have a sceptical concern that is far-reaching and difficult to dismiss. According to the evil demon hypothesis, our experiences of the world around us are not produced in the way that we think, by us perceiving reality. Rather, all of our experiences are produced by a powerful and evil demon, bent on our deception. This demon creates in us the impression that we inhabit a physical world, and experiences that appear to represent it. This appearance, though, is false; in fact, there is no external world.

The evil demon, also known as malicious demon and evil genius, is a concept in Cartesian philosophy

This hypothesis, however, portrays God in terms unacceptable to theists; God, being good, would never do such a thing. Descartes therefore reformulates his concern as the evil demon hypothesis:

Descartes and Evil Genius Doubt - Essay by Katesec

By stating that there is a Evil Genius, Descartes is not ruling out the idea of God, ..

The modern counterpart of the evil demon hypothesis is the brain-in-a-vat hypothesis. In this scenario, the evil demon is replaced by a mad scientist, in whose laboratory are stored any number of brains in vats of liquid, each hooked up to a computer. Using this computer, the scientist is able to stimulate activity in the brains, causing them to have experiences as of an external world. The world that the brains experience, however, exists only in their imaginations and in that of the scientist. None of the brains’ beliefs about the external world are true. According to the brain-in-a-vat hypothesis, we are among the scientist’s collection of brains.

Descartes claims that the Evil Genius can ..

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