Independence, A Good And A Pure And Complete One Essay

1504 Words Feb 15th, 2016 7 Pages
Self-rule and independence may seem quite similar, or even the same, at first glance; however, I believe them to be two different things. With the support of Descartes’ Discourse on Method, it is evident that Descartes also agrees that self-rule and independence are quite different: one implies ignorance, while the other implies a knowledge and understanding of principles. I believe that Descartes agrees with the argument that independence implies ignorance and self-rule is knowing certain principles for oneself, based on his own experiences; however, based on my own experiences, I believe there to be two versions of independence, a good and a pure and complete one. I personally like to look at this argument as self-rule and good independence vs. pure independence. Though I do not believe that Descartes would agree with this, I believe that Descartes possessed a “good independence” as well as self-rule once he was able to reform his own thoughts. Though Descartes would not agree that self-rule and independence could be combined, I believe that this was one of his character traits after his personal reformation. Descartes believed that independence aligns with ignorance, while self-rule implies knowledge for oneself as seen through the theories, or methods, he gives in his Discourse on Methods; however, through my own experience, I believe that there are not only two versions of independence, but that when good independence is combined with self-rule, is a quality that…

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