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René Descartes

The main implication of Descartes's statement is that it is difficult, if not outright impossible, to establish a meaningful connection between the thinking subject—the “cogito”—and the phenomenal...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2021 10:55 am UTC

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René Descartes

Descartes claimed that there is an essential distinction between the mind (or soul) and body. Proceeding from his famous maxim, “I think, therefore I am,” Descartes concluded that the first thing I...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2011 1:00 am UTC

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René Descartes

"Je pense donc je suis" by Descartes can be translated into English as "I think, therefore I am" and into Latin as "cogito ergo sum." Descartes published this phrase in his Discourse on the Method...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2016 9:24 pm UTC

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René Descartes

René Descartes was a French philosopher, who lived from 1596 until 1650. He is considered to be one of the strongest influences on the Enlightenment movement. His most important quote is usually...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2020 10:26 am UTC

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René Descartes

Descartes’s notion of divisibility can be confusing. However, if we break it into smaller parts (something he likes to talk about), we can begin to understand how it informs his arguments about the...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2020 8:02 pm UTC

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René Descartes

The answer to this is a bit complicated (no surprise there) and not terribly convincing, but here it is: First, Descartes has to prove that there is something out there other than ourselves. He...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2009 1:59 am UTC

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René Descartes

Descartes was a major proponent of a philosophical school of thought known as solipsism. Solipsism is the notion that the only thing that a person can be sure actually exists in their own mind. The...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2020 7:12 pm UTC

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René Descartes

Descartes defines substance as anything that doesn't depend on anything else for its existence. In other words, a substance is that which is self-subsistent. Strictly speaking, this quality is only...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2020 4:02 pm UTC

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René Descartes

Cartesian dualism is the the idea that the human body is a mechanical object that is controlled by an immaterial mind, first proposed by seventeenth-century French philosopher René Descartes...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2019 1:25 am UTC

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René Descartes

In his Meditations on First Philosophy, Descartes begins by remarking on the number of false beliefs he once held. His solution to this was to abandon all his beliefs and start again from nothing....

Latest answer posted May 15, 2021 1:49 pm UTC

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René Descartes

In his Fifth Meditation, Descartes makes a solid argument to disprove the idea that truth is found only through our senses. To use one of this examples, we do not know triangles are real because we...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2020 9:54 pm UTC

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René Descartes

In his Discourse on Method, Descartes wrote that once he had "acquired some general notions respecting Physics," he felt he would be "sinning grievously" by not sharing them with mankind. This is...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2020 5:21 pm UTC

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René Descartes

Due to the fact that formatting only allows for brief answers, I had to shorten your question because Kant's views on consciousness are far more complex than space allows.According to Descartes,...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2012 1:05 pm UTC

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René Descartes

René Descartes was famous for being a natural scientist in addition to a philosopher. He underlined how the natural world could be understood by intellect and observation. His argument was that...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2020 7:09 pm UTC

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