Short Paper on Descartes.

Your assignment this week is to apply Descartes’ argumentation to the “pinch test,” according to which if you pinch yourself hard right now and feel a sharp stab of pain then you know that you are awake. Please be sure that your essay addresses the following:

  1. What would what would Descartes conclude about the reliability of the pinch test?
  2. Exactly why would he conclude this?
  3. Do you agree with Descartes’ reasoning and conclusion? Why or why not?

Please ensure that your essay addresses each component of the assigned questions and that your answer is well-organized, uses excellent, college-level prose, and makes judicious use of textual evidence. Your essay should be 600-900 words long.