Descartes Dream Argument - Philosophy
As stated above he cannot state his position as if he is dreaming, so there goes the premises argument. So if this is not a valid argument, then perhaps there is a way to revise my interpretation on Descartes’ Dream argument so it turns out to be a valid argument.
Can we make the argument valid by changing premise 4?
2. Any experience you are having right now could also mean that you are dreaming. In other words, you can’t possibly know that you are dreaming even if it really is a dream.
4. I know that I am dreaming.
5. Therefore, you can’t know anything about the external world based on your sensory experiences.
This is now valid but is Descartes actually dreaming?
Lets try switching around premises one.
1. If I cannot distinguish with certainty between sense perceptions and dreams, then I cannot believe anything based on images as true.
2. I cannot distinguish with certainty between sense perceptions and dreams.
3. Therefore, I cannot believe as true anything based on images.
The argument is now valid again. But the question remains, whether the argument is sound and all the premises are true. A dream is a dream because