Descartes and The Nature of Existence Essay by Asha

Descartes and The Nature of Existence
Discusses Descartes' two meditations on the Certainty of Existence and the presence of God.
# 25337 | 1,420 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2002 | AU
Published on Apr 26, 2003 in Philosophy (Epistemology) , Philosophy (History - 18th Century)

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This paper shows how Descartes, in two meditations, contemplates the nature of existence and knowledge. It discusses the question that prompted Descartes in pursuing his two meditations "How can we know what is real?" It shows that Descartes' problem lay within connecting the properties created by God, the mental and the physical.

From the Paper:

"Descartes examines the nature of existence itself, through analyzing the senses, the line between the real and imaginary and the questions basis on which we claim knowledge. In his conclusion of these meditations he only surfaces with one clear statement of which he can be entirely certain of: "I am, I exist" suggesting that an ability to think, reason, believe and doubt proves that we must exist on some level for this process to occur, even if there is no outside world beyond our own mind."

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