IAPD Session IV: Appearance and Reality--Cartesian Method of Enquiry
The distinction between appearance and reality is already familiar to us, of course, through common sense and ordinary language. That is, we know what someone means who says that the building appeared to be structurally sound, but really was severely damaged by termites. What philosophers try to do is explain this difference, that is, to say why something is said to be real, or what counts as reality; in short, to state clearly the standards or criteria for what is real.
In this class, we will continue our presentation of the last assignment and develop a mature understanding of the nature of argumentation, with a brief mentioning of Descartes' discourse on human minds.
The recording of today's session is posted below in case anyone missed this meeting.