Descartes and Intellectual Absolutism Analytical Essay by Shaad

Descartes and Intellectual Absolutism
A critical analysis of Descartes' arguments in "Meditations".
# 146950 | 719 words | 1 source | APA | 2010 | BD
Published by on Jan 30, 2011 in Philosophy (Metaphysics) , Philosophy (History)

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The paper shows how, through the method of systematic doubt, Descartes successfully establishes that the soul exists. The paper reproduces Descartes' argument in its significant details but then goes on to explains how he makes glaring errors to arrive at paradoxical results. The paper shows how his first error is his pronouncement on the existence of God, and his second error is to make limited knowledge the result of deception on the part of God. The paper concludes that Descartes is guilty of intellectual absolutism.

From the Paper:

"In Meditations the first thing that Descartes establishes is that the soul exists. His aim is to establish that material objects have existence separate from the mind that perceives them, and further that, through a duality of mind and matter, we are able to arrive at absolute knowledge regarding material objects. However, the first step in Descartes' argument is his only successful contribution. In other words, after establishing that the soul exists, he falls into the error of intellectual absolutism and arrives at paradoxical results."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Miller, L. (1995). Questions That Matter: An Invitation to Philosophy. Columbus, OH: McGraw-Hill.

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