quote of the day

I must confess that I am pessimistic about the fate of common sense if its authority must be underwritten by principles like those of First Philosophy… [Perhaps Descartes] is right that it is not enough simply to say that I can judge that a hand is before me “on the strength of my perception”; but if he is right, and that is not enough, I doubt whether First Philosophy can supply what is missing.

Janet Broughton, Descartes’s Method of Doubt, (PUP: 2002), p. 202.

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