Life and Philosophy of Rene Descartes

Rene Descartes is one of the great thinkers who have ever lived. This has made to be the founder of the modern philosophy. Descartes was born on March 31st, 1596 in a town known as La Haye in France. He was born of Joachim Descartes and Jeanne Brochard. His was left motherless only one year […]

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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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Whether Descartes succeeds in establishing the existence of God

Descartes’ Trademark Argument appears in Mediations 3 and provides one of his arguments for the existence of God in order to allow for clear and distinct ideas. Although at the time of The Meditations Descartes’ ideas would have been seen as genius and somewhat revolutionary we can now, in light of modern day though, come […]

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Reflection on Descartes’ Second Meditation

This essay will be about my reflection on the second meditation from this work. Firstly, I will write the reflection and then will conclude by the giving context to it. As in ancient time Archimedes seek to find at least one immovable, stable point in order to move the entire world, Descartes was looking to […]

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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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Descartes’ wax argument and evaluate the conclusions he draws

Through his wax argument, Descartes has sought to analyse how we know or at least claim to know things. Descartes illustrates his argument using a piece of wax and from this is able to draw his three conclusions, namely that objects are made of an ‘essence’/material substance, which he then goes on to explain the […]

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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

At some point during a student’s standard educational career, often during high school, a coordinate system with be introduced for the purpose of graphing specific points on a plane and reproducing geometrical figures. Often times previous academic scaffolding will make this introduction seamless, and it will be assumed by many of the students that this […]

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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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