Essays Tagged: "Descarte"

Descarte's Meditation one

Descartes' Meditation OneBeing a foundationalist, Descartes needs to destroy the foundations of his ... ill be able to build upon new foundations of undeniableand self evident truths. In order to do this Descartes must first find a valid argument thatwill allow him to doubt his foundation beliefs and in ... are beingdeceived by their sense of sight. But this is not enough to justify doubting all things, soDescartes offers a different approach, the Dream Argument.The Dream Argument is essential in because ...

(2 pages) 167 0 3.7 Feb/1997

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Modern Philosophy

Descartes and his theories

am.' Man wills, refuses, perceives, understands, and denies many principles. As explained by Rene' Descartes, man is a thinking thing, a conscious being who truthfully exists because he is certain th ... nfirm the existence of an idea or object that is external to him mainly - God?There are three ways, Descartes explains, that one may come to the conclusion of an objects existence. The first is throug ...

(3 pages) 178 0 4.7 Jan/1996

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy

Critical Responses by O.K. Bouwsma and Norman Malcolm to Descartes' Skeptical Argument

In this essay, I will examine Rene Descartes' skeptical argument and responses byO.K. Bouwsma and Norman Malcolm. I intend to prove tha ... olm. I intend to prove that while both Bouwsma andMalcolm make points that refute specific parts of Descartes' argument in theircriticisms, neither is sufficient in itself to refute the whole.In order ... ment in theircriticisms, neither is sufficient in itself to refute the whole.In order to understand Descartes' argument and its sometimes radical ideas, onemust have at least a general idea of his mot ...

(9 pages) 137 0 4.3 Dec/1996

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy

Analysis on Descartes' God existence proof

The objective of this paper is to examine Descartes' argument for the existence of God. To do this we firstly have to review Descartes' proof ... Descartes' proof of God existence. And after this we will see what objections can his theories hold.Descartes set out to build a set of arguments designed to prove God's existence. His goal in proving ... istence. His goal in proving God's existence had to be incontestable, there could not be any doubt. Descartes started by renouncing all his beliefs, so that he would not be shrouded by any misconcepti ...

(4 pages) 221 0 3.4 May/2002

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Modern Philosophy

Descartes, The Existence of God This goes over, describes, and defines Descartes writings on God.

Descartes: The Existence of GodDescartes has realized that he is a being that thinks, doubts, desire ... is a being that thinks, doubts, desires, and questions many, many things. However, the notion that Descartes has of a God is the clearest and most distinct when compared to his other notions. Descart ... that he could not exist without a being higher on the chain of perfection and reality to create him.Descartes had made substantial progress towards defeating skepticism. Using his methods of doubt he ...

(3 pages) 285 1 4.7 Jan/2003

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Modern Philosophy

Contemplating Descartes' Meditation I- Can We Trust Our Senses?

In Meditation I, Descartes is questioning reality and seeking the truth. He states in his introduction that everythin ... ns of all his beliefs. To do this, he overthrows all his beliefs and sets forth with a blank slate. Descartes argues with himself about whether or not he can trust his senses, whether even mathematica ... existence of God. The argument I will criticize is his argument that we shouldn't trust our senses.Descartes first argument involves whether he can trust his senses. He says that all we have learned ...

(3 pages) 72 0 5.0 Feb/2003

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Modern Philosophy

Descartes' Dream Argument.

Descartes' Dream ArgumentQuestion everything. Descartes would like his audience to do exactly this w ... o do exactly this when beginning his Meditations on First Philosophy. Urging the reader to do this, Descartes introduces an argument in "Meditation One: Concerning Those Things That Can Be Called into ... editation One: Concerning Those Things That Can Be Called into Doubt" regarding dreams vs. reality. Descartes argument concerning dreams in "Meditation One" seems to be correct. In this paper, I will ...

(3 pages) 147 0 3.8 May/2003

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Modern Philosophy

Descartes claims that his existence of a thinking thing is the one certain truth, which can serve as the foundation for all other knowledge.

Descartes claims that his existence of a thinking thing is the one certain truth, which can serve as ... ion for all other knowledge. With nothing more than just the knowledge that he is a thinking thing, Descartes goes on to further meditate on more monumental topics. Not only does this realization of h ... h the idea of existence of a thinking thing is a stepping stone to further proceed in his argument, Descartes leaves room for no further doubt and systematically explains his reasoning.To further prob ...

(4 pages) 100 0 5.0 Jul/2003

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Modern Philosophy

Decartes and The Matrix

Descartes and MatrixMatrix is an interesting movie because it examines very basic questions of philo ... d deeply, it is found that the philosophy of Matrix has very common features with the philosophy of Descartes. The dream metaphor, the deception of people by a 'malignant demon', the reliability of ce ... some significant differences, since the possibility of dreaming is remained as a 'possibility' for Descartes whereas in the movie it is realized. Moreover, the existence of God is another big differe ...

(6 pages) 60 0 4.0 Dec/2004

Subjects: Humanities Essays

Analysis of Descartes.

In Descartes' Meditations on the First Philosophy, his "First Meditation" focuses on phenomenon that ca ... sophy, his "First Meditation" focuses on phenomenon that can be called into doubt. In this section, Descartes proceeds to discuss reality and illusion, and the questions these thoughts raise.In the pa ... these thoughts raise.In the paragraph that begins with the line: "a brilliant piece of reasoning!," Descartes analyzes or draws connections between humans who are sane and insane, and sleep and dreams ...

(2 pages) 20 0 0.0 Dec/2005

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Modern Philosophy

Descarte's sixth meditation

ation of certain concepts may be very different from the objective character of the external world. Descartes takes a look at memory, imagination, hallucination, dreams, predictions, etc. which he cal ... chance to stand outside our own perception, it is impossible to contrast it with the external world.Descartes is hopeful to prove subsistence of the external world (physical objects located in space), ...

(5 pages) 48 0 0.0 Apr/2006

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Psychology

Discuss Crary's essay "Modernizing Vision" and describe an artist to relate

camera-obscura produces the true representation of the external world. People like Richard Rorty or Descarte's ideas on observation are based on this camera-obscura model that secured the position of ...

(4 pages) 35 1 3.0 Oct/2006

Subjects: Art Essays > Artists

The Acquisition of Knowledge

ting opinions on how we gather knowledge. These two abilities are the result of a process that Rene Descartes and John Locke have attempted to express via theories. In the following paper, I will disc ... ke have attempted to express via theories. In the following paper, I will discuss the ideas of Rene Descartes, a Rationalist, and John Locke, an Empiricist, as they relate to the ideas of rationalizat ...

(7 pages) 128 0 5.0 Nov/2006

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Comparative Philosophy & Ethics

Descartes Circle

Dirk Diggler Descartes Paper The purpose of the paper is to address the apparent circular argument Descartes has ... e circular argument.Meditation 3 begins by introducing a general rule or truth rule that everything Descartes perceives clearly and distinctly is true. The reason for this truth rule is to move beyond ... lity that God may be deceiving him. To make the truth rule of clarity and distinctness a valid one, Descartes must prove the existence of God and show that he is not a deceiver.Descartes begins by def ...

(7 pages) 26 0 0.0 Nov/2001

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Modern Philosophy

Descartes

the house left. Then build an entire new house based on totally different ideas and plans. And When Descartes gets to this single foundation this is what he needed to base all his arguments from. His ... ow what is real if things in our dream seem so real but we know are not since we were dreaming. And Descartes reasoning behind this is he wants to find a way to distinguish reality and dreams. ...

(6 pages) 9 0 0.0 Jan/2002

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Descartes

Descartes is seen as a reaction against scholastic philosophy in seventeenth century. The reason for ... reaction against scholastic philosophy in seventeenth century. The reason for this thought is that Descartes strongly criticized the methods of scholatic philosophy in his some writings. Scholastic p ... gs. Scholastic philosphy was based on constant dogmas that could not be changed or criticized while Descartes claims that everything, even God, should be criticized to achieve the truth. If you look a ...

(3 pages) 16 0 3.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Modern Philosophy

Descartes - Father of Modern Philosophy

�PAGE � �PAGE �1� Descartes Running head: DESCARTESDescartesJona Boney, Laurie Spivey, Anthony Borromeo,Jarrod Trantha ... ng place around the world, a future renowned philosopher and published mathematician was born. Rene Descartes was born March 31, 1596 in a town by the name of Lattay located in South France. He was th ... he name of Lattay located in South France. He was the son of an intellectual by the name of Joachim Descartes. He was a Member of Parliament and most concerned providing his son with the best of learn ...

(9 pages) 49 0 0.0 Aug/2008

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy

Descartes' arguments for immateriality of mind/soul based on the notion of dualism: body is extended object and mind/soul is non-extended.

Descartes' Arguments for the immateriality of the mind/soulDescartes is one of the rationalistsʏ ... n; as opposed to empiricists, who thought it is possible only through sense experience. This shaped Descartes' view of human nature as dualism. He believed that human mind/soul and body are totally di ... This would imply the possibility for an after-life, thus the immateriality of mind/soul.�So Descartes starts his argument to prove immateriality of soul by asserting that self exists as mind/s ...

(8 pages) 38 1 0.0 Feb/2009

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Modern Philosophy

Is Descartes' evil demon thought experiment a stronger argument for global skepticism than his dreaming argument? If yes, explain why; if no, explain why not.

Is Descartes' evil demon thought experiment a stronger argument for global scepticism than his dreaming ... ument for global scepticism than his dreaming argument? If yes, explain why; if no, explain why not.Descartes defined global skepticism as all of our experiences, thoughts and everything we know to be ... ed and what we perceive to be true may not be true at all. In this essay I will attempt to show how Descartes's dreaming argument and evil demon argument justifies global scepticism and which of the t ...

(5 pages) 2426 0 0.0 May/2009

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy

Philosophy

iProfessor BlandOctober 12, 2011PhilosophyMeditations on First Philosophy is a book written by Rene Descartes a philosopher who attempts to prove Gods existence thorough six meditations. Descarte is v ... hould never gamble on God and his existence is prevalent, and never be doubted. Throughout his book Descartes has begun by proposing a method to test old beliefs by starting from scratch. In his writi ...

(5 pages) 0 0 0.0 Nov/2011

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy