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  • Descartes Definition Of Thought
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    Can Descartes be certain that he is thinking How Can he be certain that he exists How (And who is he) Descartes statement I think therefore I exist raises questions about the meaning of thought, the meaning of existence but most fundamentally, in what sense he can be certain. The difficulty in establishing the certainty of I think and I exist is that the two concepts are interrelated. Thus, for example, differing interpretations of what it is to think will have a profound impact on the question ...
  • One Religion In Deep Space 9
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    The television series Star Trek: Deep Space 9 takes place on a space station where different planet's cultures, morals and religious values collide. These differences cause the conflicts that form the basis of the stories. Some people in these cultures lead very nominalistic lifestyles, while others are more realistic and extremely devout in their beliefs in their Gods. These differences can be seen in episodes such as "In The Hands of the Prophets,"The Abandoned", or "Life Support". The struggl...
  • Descartes Method Of Doubt Clear Your Mind
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    Understanding Descartes' Method of Doubt Clear your mind, if you will, of everything you have ever seen or known to be true. To begin understanding Rene Descartes' method of doubt, you need to suspend all prejudice and prior judgments and start with a clean slate "for the purpose of discovering some ultimate truth on which to base all thought". (Kolak, Pg. 225). Discouraged with much skepticism from his own beliefs, Descartes was embarrassed of his own ignorance. He set out to try and accomplish...
  • Descartes Evil Demon Hypothesis
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    ... m be deceived even occasionally. Moreover, if a perfect God does not exist then it becomes probable that Descartes himself is increasingly imperfect and therefore is constantly being misled. "If, however, it is contrary to His goodness to have made me such that I constantly deceive myself, it would also appear contrary to His goodness to permit me to be sometimes deceived, and nevertheless I cannot doubt that he does permit this". (Descartes, p. 76, par. 5) Descartes assumes the scenario tha...
  • Descartes Theory Of Human Belief
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    Two Philosophers and Their Theories of Belief When reading Rene Descartes Meditations on First Philosophy and David Hume's An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, one notices that both philosophers focus a large part of their writings on the subject of human belief. Both authors have different theories on what makes a person form those beliefs that are important in life. Through an analysis of their theories, it is possible to understand the way these two philosophers lived their lives and wh...
  • Existence Of Deceitful Demons Descartes
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    As I sit and ponder how I am going to write this paper, it accuse to me that I may not be writing this paper at all. How, I ask myself, can this be possible I can feel the keys under my fingers, hear their distinct clicks as I press them, and I can see my writing on the screen. Yet all of these things are sensory based, and I wonder if my senses can be trusted as certainty. Could they not easily be deceived I could be sleeping right now and dreaming that I am writing this paper, or perhaps I am ...
  • Descartes In His Dream Argument
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    Rene Descartes asserts that our most fundamental beliefs are uncertain, and consequently, all beliefs resting on these basics are also uncertain. In his First Mediation, he sets out to find and destroy all beliefs in order to eventually create a stable foundation in which all of these beliefs may rest. With such a concrete structure, the sciences and mathematics will finally have their axioms firmly grounded. Yet, destroying all beliefs individually is an impossible task; instead, by presenting ...
  • Descartes Beliefs
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    One reason is simply that the question what if anything is anything certain is an interesting one. We live in a world where there are diverse opinions, views, and theories about many matters. Often these views we hold with great confidence, yet what passes for knowledge is continually changing as new scientific discoveries are made, and new theories are devised. Have you ever asked yourself if whether anything is really certain Or that those who live in uncertainty, take guidance from the prevai...
  • Views Of Plato And Descartes
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    Descartes vs. Plato In the field of philosophy there can be numerous answers to a general question, depending on a particular philosopher's views on the subject. Often times an answer is left undetermined. In the broad sense of the word and also stated in the dictionary philosophy can be described as the pursuit of human knowledge and human values. There are many different people with many different theories of knowledge. Two of these people, also philosophers, in which this paper will go into d...
  • Cartesian Doubt 3 Through The Senses
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    In his first meditation, Descartes sets out with amazing clarity and persistence to clear himself of every false idea that he has acquired previous to this, and determine what he truly knows. To rid him of these "rotten apples" he has developed a method of doubt with a goal to construct a set of beliefs on foundations which are indubitable. On these foundations, Descartes applies three levels of skepticism, which in turn, generate three levels at which our thoughts may be deceived by error. Desc...

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