The Epistemological Methods of Plato and Descartes Analytical Essay by Top Papers

The Epistemological Methods of Plato and Descartes
An analysis of the viewpoints of epistemological theory put forth by Renee Descartes and Plato.
# 144451 | 1,250 words | 1 source | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2009 in Philosophy (Ancient Greek) , Philosophy (Epistemology)

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The paper compares the two philosophers' ideas about how we come to know the the truth and what we think of as the truth in our search for understanding about how the world works. The paper notes that both philosophers are rationalist and concludes that neither philosopher is more successful in their theory than the other because neither recognizes our sensory perceptions as valid forms of knowledge.

From the Paper:

"Plato (428-348 BCE) and Rene Descartes (1596-1650) were both rationalist philosophers. Each believed that reason and clear thinking were the best methods through which knowledge could be found, rather than through sensory observations of the world (empiricism), which could be mutable depending on the observer, or pragmatism, which dismisses any particular foundation of knowledge in favor of practical applications that can precede successful thought and action. While both Plato and Descartes used reason to formulate a philosophy of epistemology, the two scholars..."

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