- Series: Oxford World's Classics
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (July 6, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0192806963
- ISBN-13: 978-0192806963
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1 x 5.1 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
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Meditations on First Philosophy: with Selections from the Objections and Replies (Oxford World's Classics) 1st Edition
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"Descartes' Meditations on First philosophy' is, indisputably, one of the greatest philosophical classics of all time."
Descartes on doubting everything
What we must do is find the truth by doubting all we can, and finding the only undoubtable thing then build knowledge based off that foundation.
"I doubt therefore I think therefore I am, the very fact that I doubt my existence, confirms my existence is a thinking thing."
This leads to truth that leads to knowledge
God exists otherwise our knowledge of the external world can only be true if God exists.
As a system, Cartesianism is of interest only to the history of ideas as later scientific developments have proved. But it is obviously important in the history of Western Civ and so should be introduced in the college curriculum. My opinion is simply that instructors should consider the Discourse a more accessible text.