Rene Descartes

Descartes’ view of the mind and how it relates to the human being

Through time, one of the ever-prevailing issues has been the mind-body problem and whether or not the two are inter-related. These assumptions both attempt to solve the age-old question of how the mind and the body interact with one another. The main problem in this is that it is a theoretical problem, and any metaphysical […]

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Descartes – Empiricism is unreliable because our senses may misinform us

Descartes’ starting point was simple: Empiricism is unreliable because our senses may misinform us. All beliefs or opinions based on sensory data may be mistaken. Instead of looking outward, we should look inward. However, even reason itself (if we allow for the possibility of a cosmic Deceiving Demon), may lead us astray. Thus the first […]

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The Search for Certainty – Descartes, Meditations

Descartes, during Meditations, aimed to rid himself of all knowledge that could be doubted. He used the analogy of a rotten apple in a barrel, in which all apples must be removed and checked in order to determine which apples should be kept. Descartes stated that, like the rotten apple, one might also, at times, […]

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Analyse and discuss Descartes’ cogito

Descartes was brought up to believe in many of the certainties of the medieval world and the bible. Over time, however, many of these certainties he was being taught were being questioned and replaced by science or reason – rationalism. Descartes was a famous scientist and philosopher in his day; who was the origin of […]

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Rene Descartes the Father of Modern Philosophy

Rene Descartes is generally considered the father of modern philosophy. He was the first major figure in the philosophical movement known as rationalism, a method of understanding the world based on the use of reason as the means to attain knowledge (Palmer, 2011). Along with empiricism, which stresses the use of sense perception rather than […]

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Methodic Doubt of Rene Descartes

The great Aristotle once taught that “all men desire to know”. Sometime later, the learned Rene Descartes would respond in saying: “I have always had an extreme desire to learn how to distinguish the true from the false” (cited in Lavine, 1982, p. 92). Herein one needs to appreciate the great contribution of Descartes to […]

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Life of Rene Descartes

In the scholarly world there are great men and women that construct this world. In this regard therefore Rene Descartes is amongst those worth to be appreciated in the academic arena today because of his scholarly contributions. He was born on 31st March, 1596 at La Haye in France (1) by Jeanne Brochard his mother […]

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Rene Descartes and the Distinction between Mind and Body

Rene Descartes was one of the most prominent philosophers in the world. His contribution to philosophy was remarkable; he was given the title “Father of Modern Philosophy,” as the thinkers who came after him developed their philosophies based oh his writings. His most relevant work is “Meditations on First Philosophy,” the text which contained his […]

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Descartes`s and Berkeley`s arguments for the existence of God

Mind, body and God have always caused the major philosophical debates. Philosophers worked out various theories about their connection and combinations of them. This paper’s aim is to study the arguments of Descartes and Berkeley about God existence. We are going to stop at the main proofs, their consequences and the main problems connected to […]

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Descartes’ Sensory Mistake Argument and Evil Demon Argument

The famous philosopher, Rene Descartes (1596-1650), has proposed two important arguments in the field of philosophy and logic, particularly the (1) argument of mistaken sensorium, and (2) the evil demon argument. Rene Descartes is undoubtedly one pf the great contributors in the field of skeptical philosophy wherein he questions the reality of experience and the […]

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Descartes’ Method of Radical Doubt

The Method of Doubt is a systematic process of doubting one’s own beliefs in order to ascertain which beliefs are actually true. This method was revolutionized in the field of philosophy by Rene Descartes (1596 – 1650). Descartes employs a basic strategy which aims to defeat skepticism at its own ground. He advocates doubting the […]

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Descartes’ Mind-Body Dualism

The start of the Scientific Revolution heralded many changes concerning different viewpoints on knowledge. The breakaway from the medieval ages and the gradual rediscovery of classical ideas from the Renaissance period gave rise to the analytical systems of thought regarding individual existence, the philosophy of the mind, and eventually, through rationalism, the formation of the […]

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Understanding Descartes’ Meditations on First Philosophy

In studying Descartes’ meditations, it is important to find implication in the introduction and conclusion of the material, just as it is likewise important to delve into the body of ideas that beef up the entire text to validate his discussion. In his introduction, Descartes ponders on how he has held false beliefs in his […]

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Descartes First Certainty

In order to understand Descartes’ First Certainty, it is best to view and situate the greater scheme of his philosophy against the backdrop of the intellectual revolution of his time. The coming of the seventeenth century also ushered in a great quandary for the philosophers of that time. The triumph of the new scientific method, […]

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Descartes’ Argument from Dreaming and Cogito Argument

Cogito and dream arguments are some of the interesting philosophical works of Descartes, who is well known for his challenging arguments in modern the philosophy. However, these two types of arguments are different from each other in terms of their description but they finally agree on various issues of human existence. Dream argument portrays much […]

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Descartes and Evil Genius

In the first meditation, Descartes goal as he clearly state is to find indubitable knowledge that can provide a firm foundation to the sciences especially the social sciences. This has since then been termed as the theory of knowledge. In this meditation, Descartes notices that in the due course of his life, he had accepted […]

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Dualism and Determinism

It is now 21st century and people are yet to conclude the debate over the ideas that Rene Descartes, the denizen of the French philosophers, raised in 17th century through his philosophical works like “A Discourse on Method” or “The Meditations”. Through them he set out to determine the limits of human reason as means […]

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Descartes vs Camus

Camas and Descartes both have something to say about life, its happenings and the reason why things are the way they are.  Camas believes in the absurd while Descartes believes in rationalism.  These two ways of thinking are very different indeed and completely clash against one another.  Those of the logical mind will generally agree […]

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