Short Response to DeCartes' Meditation II

Topics: Epistemology, Philosophy, René Descartes Pages: 1 (321 words) Published: December 8, 2013
Cogito comes from the Latin phrase "Cogito ergo sum" which means "I think, therefore I am." I came up with this formula from DeCartes statement on Meditation II, Doubting=Existence, Doubting=Thinking, Thinking=Existing, Doubt=Existence. Doubting serves as double purpose: to eliminate false beliefs and a mechanism to discover the truth. Although some some philosopher thinks that Cognito is flawed since what will happen if we stop thinking, I think he was misunderstood because existence in human form is, at least in my opinion, means you thought for even for just a moment. I can say that when I do not think about who am I, who I want to become, what I like, what I dislike, etc, I can personally state that I don't know what am I made of nor the reality of myself. Say I am being self-critical, yet I do feel I am valuable when I know myself, I think, I give opinions, and I care about stuff.

I think DeCartes in a way is perfectionist that he does not want to come always sum up to conclusion but rather he formulated the Cartesian method where: first is to start with an empty mind, second is to divide the problem, third is to reflect upon the problem (combine the divided the problem and also proceed from simple to complex), fourth is to repeat the procedure again and again to make sure no errors are made. When you think, analyze, formulate, create hypothesis, create a solution... Often times great results, perhaps great truth, is revealed. Of course, not all the time there is one final answer to everything. It's inevitable for a lot of people to seek for divine intervention and DeCartes, after all his doubts and meditation, still ended up believing in God as the master planner. Also, in Meditation V, he stated that science and religion are not necessarily contradictory but rather maybe complimentary entities.
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