In the first meditation of his Meditations on First Philosophy René Descartes calls into doubt all his opinions. What is the purpose of this doubt? (Explain what Descartes means when he points out that “the task in hand does not involve action but merely the acquisition of knowledge” (22)? For Descartes, what is the difference between knowledge and mere opinion? About what does he seek to acquire knowledge?) What are the opinions that Descartes calls into doubt by means of the Dream Argument? How does the Dream Argument call these opinions into doubt? What are the opinions that Descartes calls into doubt by means of the “long-standing opinion that there is an omnipotent God who made me the kind of creature that I am” (21)? How does the assumption of an omnipotent God call these opinions into doubt? (In the First Meditation, does Descartes claim to know that there is an omnipotent God who made him?) According to the second meditation, what is the first belief Descartes claims he cannot doubt? Why can’t he doubt it?