METHODOLOGICAL SCEPTICISM IN DESCARTES’ EPISTEMOLOGY AND THE IMPERATIVES OF EPISTEMIC CERTAINTY
Knowledge has both instrumental valuation functionality and an arguably anthropocentric operational and relational principle. Beliefs are arguably essential components of knowledge. However, beliefs have ambivalent undertones, for they can either be true or false. The possibility of falsity underscores the skeptical disposition and, syllogistically, the expediency of justification. Cartesian epistemology was an effort to foreground the enterprise of knowledge within a structure that is not only rational and foundational, but also incorrigible in such a manner that forecloses the challenges of skepticism. This paper sets out to appraise skepticism as a viable method and an essential framework in Descartes’ epistemology and explicate its relevance in the human quest for epistemic certainty.