Rene Descartes Discourse on the Method Part 4

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Having a belief that all questions have a scientific or mathematical answer; Rene Descartes in his search for solutions used principles that were already known and sets out to establish specific knowledge or truths. One of his most startling revelations is outlined in his writing “Discourse on the Method IV. At the beginning of the article he tried desperately to find a solution for this thoughts and even his own existence, he even tried to pretend that his own thoughts were illusions of his dreams and his own existence was even questioned. “(Book Review …Eli Bendersky… Oct. 28, 2008).

The surprise ending comes when he states that God is perfect and that his ideas were placed in him by God and that he depended on this being who is so perfect for his existence. This was realized after he reasoned that he was thinking therefore he must exist “Cogito Ergo Sum- I think therefore I am “who allowed me to think of the heavens? he reasoned to himself….there had to be someone or thing that enabled him to think, reason, and draw conclusions about his theories, that has no doubts or fears, something perfect and he summed it up in one word “God”. The arguments he stated has successfully convinced me that there is in fact a God, the arguments put forth establishes specific truths….. Namely that whatever we think of and see as truth is in fact so because God exists and everything in us is because of him.

Bennett, J. (2007). Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting one’s Reason and Seeking The Truth in the Sciences ……Rene Descartes.

Sayre, H. M. (2011). The Humanities: Culture, Continuity and Change.

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Juliet Barnett
Prof. D. Amore
July 26, 2012

Prof. D. Amore
July 26th, 2012
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