# According to Descartes, it is possible that a perfect being (like God) might not actually exist. According to the correspondence theory

## According to Descartes, it is possible that a perfect being (like God) might not actually exist. According to the correspondence theory

Note: In addition to carefully reading every question before providing your answer, please make sure that you also read (and understand) the description and the instructions at the beginning of each section before you begin.

SECTION A
Critical Analysis Essay Question
(Word Length – between 700 and 900 words – for each answer)

Answer Value: 7 points each.
Instructions: Beginning with a yes or no answer, provide a detailed response as to whether (or not) you agree with each of the following statements (e.g. Yes, because…, Or No, because…).

Question 1. According to Descartes, it is possible that a perfect being (like God) might not actually exist.

Question 3. According to the correspondence theory of truth, what renders a proposition true is that it somehow corresponds to other propositions.

SECTION B
Text Analysis Essay Question (Word Length – between 800 – 1000 words)
Number of Questions to Be Answered – 1 (no more no less)
Answer Value: 16 points.
Instructions: your response to the question you choose to answer in this section (see above) is to be in the form of a short essay (not an outline, not point form, etc.).

Question 1 Explain the significance of the following passage from Roderick Chisholm’s work:

And now you can see where the skeptic comes in. He’ll say this: “You said you wanted to sort out the good beliefs from the bad ones. Then to do this, you apply the canons of science, common sense, and reason. And now, in answer to the question, ‘How do you know that that’s the right way to do it?’, you say ‘Why, I can see that the ones it
picks out are the good ones and the ones it leaves behind are the bad ones.’ But if you can see which ones are the good ones and which ones are the bad ones, why do you think you need a general method for sorting them out?

Bonus Question (Maximum Value 3 Points) – no more than 500 words ***
Your answer to this question is to be in the form of “a short essay” (not an outline, not point form, etc.).

Jim is walking through a museum with his girlfriend and happens to notice a painting that he believes was painted by the French Impressionist painter Claude Monet. To impress his girlfriend, Jim makes the following claim:

(p) “This is an authentic Monet painting“.

His reasons for believing (p) that this is an authentic Monet painting are:
a) museums usually display authentic works of art (not forgeries), and
b) he notices this painting in a museum.
As a result, his belief (p) that what he is looking at is an authentic Monet painting would seem to appear to satisfy all three conditions of the JTB theory in that:
1) It is, in fact, the case that (p). [p is true – see below]
2) Jim does believe that (p) is the case. [S believes that p]
3) Jim has inferred that (p) is the case, based on true premises (a and b). [S is justified in believing that p]

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