Descartes Vs Thinking
In this illustration, Descartes preaches that one should doubt whatever he/she believes in to understand to enable him understand the truth. He states- 'I had accepted, even from my youth, many false opinions for true, and that consequently what I afterwards based on such principles was highly doubtful; and ... I was convinced of the necessity of undertaking ... to rid myself of all the opinions I had adopted '(Meditation I, 6). With this notion in Descartes’ mind, he would hardly see the truths without doubting the situations. In this respect, Descartes discredit a proven fact, and arrive at answers to the same truth, making it seem like a circle. So the effort to reach an indubitable principle through doubt is doomed from the outset. The process of doubting before arriving at the truth could be illustrates simply through the mathematical as: 2+2 =4, signifying that a person doubts that the addition of 2 And 2 equal 4, even when he knows that that is the right answer, but at the long-run, after going through the circle of doubt, he would still accept that 4 is right answer.
4. What is the origin of your point of view? My point of view originated from reading Descartes: Discourse and Meditations PowerPoint Lecture notes by Professor Robert Louis- my Philosophy 1301 Lecturer. Also I decided to ponder on aspect of doubting before arriving at the truth as proposed by Rene Descartes …show more content…
I will cite of the disciple- Thomas, who was nick-named the doubting Thomas. The story was quite significant because though Thomas, being a disciple of Jesus knew he promised to resurrect on the third day after his crucifixion, but he still doubted and wanted greater proofs. To collaborate the story, Jesus goes on to proclaim in John 20:29 stating ““Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” This signifies that one does not have to doubt all things before believing the truth. In the Meditation, Descartes illustrates my point of view when he states: “But what then am I? A thing that thinks. What is that? A thing that doubts, understands, affirms, denies, wills, refuses, and that also imagines and senses” (Descartes 10). In this statement. Descartes illustrates affirmation and doubt are required by a person to be complete. Therefore, for a person to be on the right tract, he should doubt and