Reflection on Discourse on the Method Essay

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Descartes is one of the most important western philosophers of the past few centuries. His greatest and most famous work is Discourse on the Method. In this book Descartes questions his own existence, and knowledge that he obtained from different sources. Main arguments of the book are well developed by a logical pattern and supported by examples. However, closely investigating this work, readers can come across many controversies and disputations.
Being a well educated person, Descartes finds his knowledge unsatisfying due to its uncertainty. He profoundly admires mathematics, but did not perceive its higher use since its applications lie in the applied sciences. However major part of his philosophy was based on problem solving skills
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According to Descartes even a wrong decision is better than indecision, since indecision takes one nowhere. However, when a person acts just to make an action and doesn't believe in a success of an outcome, action is being driven by instincts rather then logic. For example, if he saw some one fall down from a tree and injure him or herself, Descartes' first action would be to go and assist that person to stand up or comfort him or her while that person is unconscious; that action would also be driven by instinct. However, a more reasonable and logical resolution would be not to touch them. If that person has a broken bone, moving him or her, will bring a greater harm. As it is evident from the example, in some cases indecision is better then decision.
Furthermore, in part IV of the essay Descartes gives two different proofs of god and both of them in my opinion are very doubtful. In the first proof he states "…since I knew of some perfections that I did not possess…there had of necessity to be some other, more perfect being on which I depended and from which I had acquired all that I possessed". In other words, God is a perfect mind, and that all the perfection in people is due to God's perfection. But what is perfect?, Descartes never defines this term. An individuals' imagination is limited by known geometry and composition. No human can think of an object that in not bounded to known shape and color. Even vacuums have a shape,

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