Problems with Descartes’ Philosophy: ‘I think therefore I am’
I think, therefore, I am – In Latin Cogito Ergo Sum
This is an interactive blog post, where the philosophyzer gives you a stimulus and questions, and asks you to provide the answers! Today’s focus is Descartes phrase ‘I think, therefore I am.’
When Descartes said ‘I think, therefore, I am‘ what did he mean?
What are the problems with this aspect of Descartes philosophy?
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Descartes – I think Therefore I am: Is it Problematic?
Clearly if you stop ‘thinking’, according to Descartes Philosophy, you could effectively make yourself disappear! But, is it possible to stop thinking? Even if you try to thinking nothing, you are still thinking about nothing!
I think Therefore I am in Original Texts
The Phrase ‘I think therefore I am’ first appeared in the Discourse on the Method, in the first paragraph of the fourth part….
And as I observed that this truth, I think, therefore I am,[c] was so certain and of such evidence that no ground of doubt, however extravagant, could be alleged by the Sceptics capable of shaking it, I concluded that I might, without scruple, accept it as the first principle of the philosophy of which I was in search.
I Think Therefore I am in Meditations
The phrase was also found in the Second Meditation Part 1 (Cogito Ergo Sum) in Descartes Meditations, in which he argues….
“So after considering everything very thoroughly, I must finally conclude that this proposition, I am, I exist, is necessarily true whenever it is put forward by me or conceived in my mind.”
If you are studying Meditations as your set text, I highly recommend that you purchase a copy for just £10.99 on Amazon. This copy edited by John Nottingham is the best I could find, as it contains the objections and replies.
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