John Locke 's Theory Of Empiricism Essay

990 Words Apr 3rd, 2015 4 Pages
Question 1: The Importance of John Locke’s Theory of Empiricism in Contrast to the Cartesian “Method of Doubt”

The Rene Descartes “method of doubt” arises from the dualistic view that the mind is separated from the body. The premise of doubt is found in the weakness of human sensory perception to see the truth outside of bodily functions, especially with the use of the human brain. Therefore, the foundation of doubt is based on the inability of the body to reconcile the mental processes or the functions of the mind. This is an important way to understand the definition of “mind” as a function of the soul/spirit through the context of religious beliefs as brought forth by Descartes. In this context, a human being may not be able to view external objects without the distortions of sensory perception, yet the presence of an omnipotent God is the causality of human thought and mental process/ This subjective view of the mind defines the cause and effect aspects of Godly intervention as a creator of human beings:
The unity, the simplicity or the inseparability of all things which are in god is one of the principal perfections which I conceive to be in Him. And certainly the idea of this unity of all Divine perfections cannot have been placed in me by any cause from which I have not likewise received the idea (Descartes 45).
Ironically, Descartes defines the “inseparability” of God as a form of :”unity” within the mind, but he also acknowledges that the body is separate from…

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