Meditation 1: René Descartes

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René Descartes: Meditation 1

René Descartes was a French philosopher, mathematician, and scientist. He was given the title of the “father of modern western philosophy”. Many of his writings are studied closely in today’s time. The purpose of most of his writings is what he cannot doubt. Many see philosophy as an opinion, and it is exactly that. You can state a point, have a reason behind it, and that is a philosophy. Throughout meditation one, beliefs, dreams, and senses are discussed. Descartes accepted man beliefs that turned out false. You then ask yourself, “what can I do to be certain about my beliefs?” He feels that senses often provide truth. Senses mislead, because when you sense something, you cannot always count on it to lead you
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They seem so real because they are so graphic while you are sleeping. An example of this is dreaming of waking up late, then thinking you woke up late in real life. The mediator states that what happens in sleep is not as clear as we want it to be. It is all an illusion in our heads. In my opinion, “what if” is thrown throughout this because it is how you take it. We as humans, often find ways to doubt the human nature. We take in others beliefs and opinions as our own so much, that it slowly becomes our own. There is not one thing in this world that you cannot doubt. When you see something and question it, you have tons of thought and reasons already running through your head. You ask why. You assume. You run to conclusions. This is all done before facts and reasons are stated. The demon hyperbole. A hyperbole that is so simple, yet can be so complex when doubted. When thinking of this, I often think of a math problem. When you think of a basic addition problem, you do not realize how much it can be broken down and then doubted. As a person, you have every right to doubt anything you want. I do not recommend this because shouldn’t you at least believe some things in this …show more content…
In today’s society I do not think we understand how much the past has influenced us. As a young adult, it seems we do not realize how concerned we should be about our beliefs and thoughts. The thoughts running through one person’s head could change the world. For instance, René Descartes is looked up to so much in modern western philosophy because of his beliefs. Philosophy is a powerful thing to study. You can learn so much from others beliefs. It makes you start to think about what you believe in and why. René Descartes was very powerful with words. The things that he established are deceived to be barely perceptible. The mediator states that it is supposed that God is the supreme source of truth, but also an evil spirit. It is perceived that without God, there would be nothing. There would be no creation of earth. There would be no creation of people. You have the right to your own opinion, but you have to have reasoning behind your

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