Rene Descartes Discourse On Method Analysis

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Rene Descartes’ Discourse on Method was written with the premise in mind that there is a sequential approach to guiding one’s reason in order to maximize certainty of knowledge and discovery. Using an autobiographical method, Descartes deliberately does not push his method upon the reader, nor frame it as the best and only method that exists. Using an explanatory model, and detailing his exact thought process throughout the Discourse, he allows the reader to follow him on his journey and decide for themselves whether his method is right for them or not. Part I of the Discourse of Method begins with a proclamation of faith that all men have the same potential for “good sense,” or reason, and that the difference between thoughts and opinions arises from the thought process itself (¶ 1). He then presents a disclaimer, iterating the fact that he does not allege to have a greater mind than anyone else (¶ 2), but that he is not hesitant to present his opinion or his method. He allows for the possibility that he might be wrong in his reasoning, and emphasizes the human imperfection that he possesses, so …show more content…
However, they were insufficient when it came to applying what he had learned to the real world. Languages estranged one from one’s home. Fiction was extravagant and pleasant, but ultimately distracted one from the real world and put one’s focus on things implausible. Histories were weak in the sense that they were likely exaggerated in order to be more memorable, and only the most memorable events were reported upon at all. This, too, led to belief in the implausible (¶ 8). Rhetoric and poetry, Descartes claimed, were talents more than fields of study. As he mentioned at the beginning of Part I, some men have more perfected intellect in certain areas than others. This would be the “mental gift (¶ 9)” he brings

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