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:
- What would what would Descartes conclude about the reliability of the pinch test?
- Exactly why would he conclude this?
- 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.