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Descartes Essay

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Descartes is seen as a reaction against scholastic philosophy in seventeenth century. The reason for this thought is that Descartes strongly criticized the methods of scholatic philosophy in his some writings. Scholastic philosphy was based on constant dogmas that could not be changed or criticized while Descartes claims that everything, even God, should be criticized to achieve the truth. If you look at Descartes' philosophy in your own perspective you can easily say that he is inconsistent with himself; however, if you can catch his idea or view in which he see the world, God, and everything you will see that he built his philosophy on unshakable bases. Actually, the given two proposition ...view middle of the document...

At the end, he concludes that he could doubt everything except the fact that he is doubting. In Reader, he says that it is not logical to say that one who is thinking and has some thoughts does not exist . By this way, he reaches his first principle, ego cogito, I am thinking therefore I exist. As we saw, he proves his own existence by doubting everything in external world which we percieve through our senses. After this point he seems to think above the existence of God while he is doubting everything because he does not accept something unless he sees or understands it is obviously true. He threw away his every thought that percieved by his senses. He realizes that at the end there are two things in his mind. One of them is ego cogito and the other is something else: Perfection. He asks himself that where does this perfection comes from? He tries to answer to this question. He thinks that because it could not be produced by Descartes himself in his mind. He knows that because he can even doubt himself he is imperfect so does not have ability to produce such a nation. After that he says yhat this imperfection in my mind shoul come from something which is perfect, infinite and cause of everything: God. By this way he proves the existence of God. Because at the beginning he starts to search for the truth by doubting everything and after that he proves the...

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