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descartes & aristotle

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S.Singh phil 101

Essay topic - Compare and contrast at least one premodern author and one modern author.

Throughout the course of philosophy 101, there are two philosophers that has had a significant impact on my view of philosophy. Yes these two authors are from different timeframes in history, but they have gained my immediate attention faster than any other authors. The premodern author I will be talking about in this essay is Aristotle. The modern author I will be talking about in this essay is Descartes. Suprisingly, these two authors have many views that are both easily different and some comparable even though they are from different era's.

Throughout this course I have been more of a Descartes follower due to the fact that my views can be related to his. Descartes view on philosophy would be revolving around happiness. He is most famous for dealing with Princess elisabeth and his image of the philosophy tree. In my eyes, Descartes' writings' always consists of a goal. This goal should be triumphed in his eyes in order to achieve happiness. In his writing you learn that he has a message to tell everyone including some of the most famous people that I will later talk about.

I would see Descartes as a very peaceful human being such as Ghandi. His writings teach us that the meaning of life is one to achieve happiness. He talks about peace and tranquility. This can be related to me as a stated before towards my religion. My religion is Hinduism where all we seek is peace and happiness in life and what Descartes' writings teaches us is the same along those lines. He uses philosophy as a remedy to clear our minds or heal us from something harmful such as if we had a disease there are medicines to relieve our sickness.

Descartes tries to imply to us that in doubt of our failures there are always a way to fulfill happiness in this life. He wants us to believe in ourselves and tell ourselves that everything will be okay as long as you try to make it...