René Descartes

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  • Immanuel Kant And Thomas Hobbes's Views On Human Nature?

    Immanuel Kant and Thomas Hobbes have different views on human nature. leading to what the government should do to overcome this lazy and aggressive behaviour. Kant is a philosopher from the 1700s who believed in people becoming enlightened. “Enlightenment is man 's emergence from his self- imposed immaturity” (Garside, Lecture: Kant 2014). Enlightenment causes people to question themselves and others which can also lead to becoming independent within society. Hobbes was a philosopher in the early 1600s, and wanted to provide a safe and secure place for people to live as long as possible (Garside, Lecture: Hobbes 2014). Both Kant and Hobbes believed that society is continually threated. However, Kant would view human nature as harmful, while Hobbes would view government as harmful. In the 1600s and 1700s, the government was ruled by an absolute monarchy, Kant and Hobbes saw this as limiting what society is capable of achieving. At this time in life, the only law was the monarch and there were many problems regarding human nature taking over and limiting what people can and can’t do. (who r the two?, all sentences shld be able to stand alone) The two philosophers had thoughts on ways the government could be improved to protect its people, and show how people can become enlightened. Kant and Hobbes both had different goals in what they were trying to achieve, but they both desired to improve life for the entirety of mankind. Kant and Hobbes both regarded human nature as…

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  • The Weakness Of Cartesian Rene Descartes Dualism And Materialism

    two fundamentally different substances with no extension to one another, to interact (Robinson, 2012). Descartes believed the pineal gland was the point of interaction, but this was almost universally rejected after his death (Lokhorst, 2015). In Core Questions in Philosophy, Sober discusses two arguments Descartes made for his dualism and deconstructs them. Both use Leibniz’s law in drawing conclusions. Descartes’s first argument can be put as follows (Sober, 2013, pp. 206, 208): 1) I can…

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  • Is Google Making Us Stupid?

    The Web provides a convenient and compelling supplement to personal memory, but when we start using the web as a substitute for personal memory, bypassing the inner processes of consolidation, we risk emptying our minds of their riches.” Throughout history technology has changed the way people see the world. As the internet is becoming more and more demanding and our primary source for information, it is also affecting our ability to read any sort of medium. In Carr’s article “Is Google making…

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  • Compare And Contrast Socrates And Descartes

    Socrates and Rene Descartes are alike in their most fundamental motives but yet contrasting in results both trying to improve thinking but about two different things. One example would be how they each convey their message formal versus informal, another would be their life style and beliefs of how things should be done. Both Socrates and Descartes have completely different views on getting their desired results, and the level of risk one is willing to take to accomplish certain results.…

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  • The Pituitary Gland Is The Seat Of The Soul

    When you think about this sort of statement/quote using logic our brain sends signals or messages the body but cannot actually create emotions or feelings or a conscious which is why there is something we called " the soul" and this soul is proved to be located in the pineal gland because of the all emotional experiences human beings go through. Descartes says that soul is the principle of thought, with this in mind we know that our thought comes from nothing but the brain. Since the gland is…

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  • Princess Elizabeth's Criticism Of Cartesian Dualism

    For instance, Princess Elizabeth’s understanding of causation cannot explain all causal interactions (e.g. the relation of time and the body which causes the process of aging). Therefore, there are some things that we cannot truly comprehend. One of those things, according to Descartes, is the causal relationship between the mind and the body. In this paper I have argued that Princess Elizabeth’s criticism exposed an important weakness in Descartes’s theory. Princess Elizabeth questioned the…

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  • Compare And Contrast Plato And Hume And Immortality Of The Soul

    When attempting to solve the problem concerning the immortality of the soul, both Plato and Hume must rely on analogy. Plato, being a rationalist, argues that the soul is immortal and is comparable to a form, for it is invisible and incomposite, unlike material objects. Hume, on the other hand, believes that the soul is mortal and compares souls to perishable objects such as bodies. Although neither analogy can offer any validity, Hume 's argument for the mortality of the soul is far more…

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  • How Did Camille Hazard Influence The Development Of Romanticism

    Paul Gustave Marie Camille Hazard, born August 30th, the year of 1878 was a French educator, a historian of ideas, and a scholar of comparative literature. The Crisis of the European Mind, which is written by Hazard, is filled with intellectual history that gives the synopsis of the creation of Modern Europe. Hazard’s book takes a look at the transition from the old world to the new world, new developments such as science, arts, and philosophy, and how characters such as Pierre Bayle and John…

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  • Descartes Ontological Argument For The Existence Of God

    The role of God in Descartes’ meditations is very significant, and I believe that he is indeed entitled to use God’s existence in this way. The purpose of this essay is to set out Descartes’ main arguments of God. Firstly, I will briefly discuss a fundamental philosophical topic – how could I have been created if there were no God? Secondly, I will assess one of Descartes’ main arguments of the roots of knowledge and God’s role with this, and finally I will speak about Descartes’ ontological…

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  • Cleanthes Vs Philo

    the given paper, I am going to compare Cleanthes’ and Philo’s views on Deity and reflect upon their disagreements on the inductive argumentation, and provide the explanation of deductive reasoning in Descartes’ “Meditations of first philosophy”. The key concept of a worldview promoted by Cleanthes states that God can be beheld via one’s observations and the process of thinking. He is an advocate of a so-called “natural religion”.…

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