Essays Tagged: "Descartes"

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 Ontological Argument for God's Existence

The purpose of this paper will be to examine Descartes' argument for the existence of God. First we will review Descartes' proof for the existenc ... rst we will review Descartes' proof for the existence of God. Then we will discuss the reasons that Descartes has for proving God's existence. We will also discuss some consequences that appear as a r ... gions without there being any doubt in their minds as to the certainty of their religions and faith.Descartes set out to build a set of arguments designed to prove God's existence. On those, he constr ...

(6 pages) 485 1 3.8 Jun/1996

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Modern Philosophy

Report on Descartes objectives in the Meditations. Includes personal comment

Descartes overall objective in the Meditations is to question knowledge. To explore such metaphysica ... y explication, I will examine meditation two in order to discover why knowledge was so important to Descartes.Meditation OneThe first meditation acts as a foundation for all those that follow. Here De ... ly distinguish between certainty and falsity. To examine those ideas that have "objective reality,' Descartes makes the improbable hypothesis of "an evil genius, as clever and deceitful as he is power ...

(11 pages) 284 0 3.8 Apr/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

Synthesis of litterature. Speaks of Shakespeare, Descartes, Voltaire, Shelly,

y. People have written superior works that can inspire, lead, and in the end, produce. Shakespeare, Descartes, Voltaire, Shelly, the list goes on. Twenty-eight themes are said to apply to all types of ...

(6 pages) 62 0 3.0 Jan/1996

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

The Weapons and Armor of the Renaissance

the world as it began to emerge. Renaissance men, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Descartes, and Bocaccio gave contributions to society that are still appreciated today. Even with al ...

(19 pages) 149 0 3.8 Jan/1996

Subjects: History Term Papers > European History

Descartes vs. Pascal

moment being used in their study. Two classic thinkers who contrasted on their view of reason were Descartes and Pascal. Though both saw reason as the primary source of knowledge, they disagreed over ... saw reason as the primary source of knowledge, they disagreed over the competence of human reason. Descartes, the skeptic, said that we could use reason to find certain truth if we used it correctly, ...

(5 pages) 79 0 4.0 Apr/1996

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Comparative Philosophy & Ethics

How does Galileo view the issue of religion and science? How does he resolve the tension between religion and science?

atterns about the world were beginning to be challenged by scientific discoveries. Both Galileo and Descartes believed that one could believe in the teaching of the Bible and simultaneously accept the ... that God has bestowed upon us because they allow us to learn more about the world in which we live. Descartes, who is regarded as the founder of modern Western philosophy, did not anticipate any confl ...

(4 pages) 166 0 4.5 Nov/2002

Subjects: Science Essays > Astronomy

Descartes view on what is real

In meditation one Descartes contemplates "what can be called into doubt". What he is doing is questioning if what we s ... something may be completely different to someone who is standing right next to them. In one passage Descartes questions if beliefs are impossible even though they are derived from the senses. He gives ... else's sanity. What is it that makes our perceptions reality and his incorrect?In the next passage Descartes presents the possibility of deception in dreams as a reason for skepticism. He begins by s ...

(3 pages) 92 0 3.3 Dec/2002

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical 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

The History and theories of the evolutionist.

In the mid 16th Century scientists and thinkers such as Bacon, Descartes, Copernicus and Newton began to, through their discoveries; challenge the Christian perspe ...

(5 pages) 227 2 3.5 Jan/2003

Subjects: History Term Papers > World History

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 proof of God. This examines Descartes' argument for the existence of God.

The intention of this paper will be to examine Descartes' argument for the existence of God. First, I will review Descartes' proof for the existenc ... 's existence. Finally, I will point to some complications and problems that exist within the proof. Descartes' proof of the existence of God occurs in the Third Meditation. He builds his entire argume ... he previous meditation that in order for him to think, he must exist. From this single observation, Descartes notices that the idea of his existence is very clear and distinct in his mind; based upon ...

(5 pages) 317 0 3.6 Mar/2003

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Modern Philosophy

Una breve biografía de la vida de Anders Celsius

uego la imagen de la figura de la tierra, ya fuese achatada como dijo Newton o oblonga según descartes. Al finalizar la expedición finalmente le dieron la razón a Isaac newton. De ...

(1 pages) 29513 0 3.0 Mar/2003

Subjects: Science Essays > Physics

The Mind-body problem in Descartes Meditations

have tried to explain and interpret cognition over time. One of the earliest such philosophers was Descartes. He wrote many works on the subject, one of his most famous being the Meditations collecti ... theories today, even though it needs to be refined to fit more modern ideasIn the third meditation, Descartes tries to prove God's existence and that He is not a deceiver, thereby allowing us to be su ...

(6 pages) 128 0 2.3 Mar/2003

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Modern Philosophy

The meanings of words

ased on the context of the word. Essentially, we are experiencing the symbol grounding problem that Descartes theorized with the way we associate ideas of objects and their representation.Theories abo ...

(9 pages) 129 0 4.0 Mar/2003

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy

Descartes - Mind and Body.

Descartes overall objective in the Meditations is to question knowledge. To explore such issues as t ... is of absolute certainty. The first meditation acts as a foundation for all those that follow. Here Descartes discerns between mere opinion and strict absolute certainty. To make this consideration he ... ly distinguish between certainty and falsity. To examine those ideas that have "objective reality," Descartes makes the improbable hypothesis of "an evil genius, as clever and deceitful as he is power ...

(9 pages) 275 0 4.3 Apr/2003

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Modern Philosophy

John Locke's Influence on Government

to Christ Church College, Oxford, in 1652. Although Locke would rather have learned philosophy from Descartes instead of Aristotle, he still satisfied authorities. John was elected to a senior student ...

(5 pages) 280 1 4.4 Apr/2003

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Political Science > Political Theory

Pascal and his life table.

This was a view still strongly held in the seventeenth century, even by such anti-Aristotelians as Descartes and Hobbes. In the Experiences Pascal explains the reasons why a genuine vacume could and ... red for by two Jansenists who convert the family to this strict form of Christianity.1647 Visits by Descartes and discussion on atmospheric pressure and the function of the barometer.1648 Pascal retur ...

(3 pages) 47 0 3.7 Apr/2003

Subjects: Science Essays > Mathematics

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