Rene Descartes: Father of Modern Philosophy
Rene Descartes has been called the father of modern philosophy and is considered by many to be one of the most influential philosophers. Descartes refused to accept the views of those who came before him and in order to rid of all past opinions, he began doubting everything, especially material things. This way of questioning and skepticism enabled Descartes to make breakthroughs in philosophy. Rene Descartes tried to prove that there is something more to ones own existence, as he is a philosopher most interested in his own self. He tried to prove that God does exist and that this is the certainty for which he based all his knowledge and beliefs. Descartes introduced his method of radical doubt, a method of not accepting anything as true. Rene Descartes believed that there is no need to doubt every opinion, there is only the need to question the foundations of those before. The inevitable result of this doubt is to make it impossible for us to have any further doubts about what we discover to be true. Everything in the universe is able to be doubted, but there are things that you should not have to doubt. Nothing should be perceived as automatically true. My belief is that one must doubt everything that has been taught to us until we can confirm the legitimacy. Using this method of doubt can help to enable the mind in understanding what is real and what is not real. Though many of Descartes' philosophies cannot be proven, his method of doubt showed to be extremely successful in creating ideas.
Descartes' first efforts involved proving self existence. Self existence can be proven to exist because it is thought to exist. There cannot be a self imagined within the mind without the self being real. Descartes proved that self must exist by stating that something must exist for it to doubt itself. We simply cannot imagine something unless it is thought to exist. This argument made by Descartes is a...
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