Descartes, Epictetus, And Plato Essay

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As people mature, they begin to ponder about what the meaning of life is, particularly their own life, and they wonder what good knowledge truly is. It is a natural curiosity and has been thought about for several centuries. Philosophers claim to know, or at least be fairly aware of, what the meaning of life is and why attaining knowledge is imperative. Three that come to mind are Rene Descartes, Epictetus, and Plato; these three philosophers have lived through different time periods and differ greatly in theories. Descartes had no true theory but used skepticism to establish his philosophy, Epictetus was a Stoic, and Plato was a Platonist. One, Descartes, lived questioning anything and everything to only be sure of two existences near the end of his meditations. Another, Epictetus, lived perhaps too happily since he believed that everything that occurred in life was a part of God’s plan. However, one lived in the middle of these two philosophers, this philosopher was Plato; he was not too skeptical of life nor was he too engulfed in “God’s plan,” instead he was rational about life and searched for the deeper meaning to his own being and for this reason, his theories are far more well thought-out and reasonable than those of Descartes and Epictetus. In order to understand Descartes’ way of thinking, it is crucial to note his education. He received a gratifying education in mathematics and science which led to his rejection of scholastic philosophy. He was not only taught…

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