Painter's Analogy Descartes QuoteWatch this thread
For a task we need to do is we need to find a quote regarding the painter's analogy by Descartes. Apparently there is one in his First Meditation but I honestly can't find it anywhere, and a little guidance would be appreciated!
Thank you x
part 20, or p14-15 of the cited edition:
shapes, they cannot devise altogether new natures for them, but simply combine parts from different animals; or if perhaps they do think up something so new that nothing at all like it has ever been seen, which is thus altogether fictitious and false, it is certain that at least the colours which they combine to form images must be real
Descartes, R. and Moriarty, M. (2008). Meditations on first philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Of course, his third wave of doubt (evil demon) undermines even the argument from the painter analogy. Certainly, the evil demon thought experiment leaves us sceptical about the existence of the external world. It is slightly less clear whether Descartes thinks that the evil demon thought experiment undermines analytic/logical truths, but it's arguable (and imo true) that he does conceive of the evil demon thought experiment as making us utterly 'global' sceptics.