attitude of doubt or a disposition to incredulity either in general or toward a particular object
the doctrine that true knowledge or knowledge in a particular area is uncertain
the method of suspended judgment, systematic doubt, or criticism characteristic of skeptics
doubt concerning basic religious principles (as immortality, providence, andrevelation). This shows us that one must have to be skeptic about this idea. Knowledgeis not possible the way that Descartes first thought it to be. One cannot be certain on anyone thing, except the idea of thinking and the thinker himself. This is why the theory isflawed. One must acquire clear and distinct ideas about something in order to obtainknowledge. One could say you could base what one believes to be true simply on thesenses, but this is also flawed.If one must have clear, absolute certainty on one certain thing, this has no roomfor growth in the middle and thus, there can be no supporting evidence to the item inquestion. Also, this idea about clear and distinct ideas only being the ones that are true, isalso a conflict because one cannot re-learn, let’s say, everything they were once taughtand then try and go with just Descartes theory with which to base everything one knowsoff of, then nothing, in turn, would ever really be true. This reminds me of one of thefirst days we had in class, where the teacher had asked, “Is this chair and desk really realor is it just there because we believe it to be there?” This is the basic idea of whatDescartes is trying to find out and he only wants to be absolutely certain that something,in itself, is really real.