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Rene Descartes' First and Second Meditations

being and his conviction that he is in a certain location, dressed in a certain way, but then goes on to compare his situation wit...

Skeptical Challenge and 'Meditation' Argument of Rene Descartes

He found that he could not believe in something unless its certainty was unquestionable. He only believed in the concrete, the po...

Melting Beeswax and the Philosophy of Rene Descartes

In five pages Descartes' Second Meditation is explored in terms of his analysis of what the perception of melting beeswax would be...

Educational Philosophies of Rene Descartes

In five pages Descartes' philosophies regarding education are discussed and whether or not there is any evidence of them in the co...

God According to Jean Paul Sartre, Immanuel Kant, and Rene Descartes

In six pages this research paper and essay considers how God's existence or lack thereof was argued by these three philosophers. ...

Third Meditation of Rene Descartes

image, a form, or a judgement, and concludes that an image or what individuals perceive as form can never be false. However, erro...

God's Existence and the Perspectives of David Hume, William Paley, Rene Descartes, and Augustine of Hippo

In six pages this research paper contrasts and compares these men's philosophical perspectives on God's existence. Four sources a...

Images, Ideas, and Belief According to Rene Descartes

his previous beliefs had rested, since he intends to analyse philosophically whether these beliefs are in fact valid, and if they ...

The Physical Realm According to Rene Descartes

examine carefully Descartes famous "cogito ergo sum" statement, which was the original Latin for "I think, therefore I exist" - or...

Doubt Philosophy of Rene Descartes

do not assert any observation sentences (Yancy, 1995). And in fact, science and philosophy truly have a lot in common. Both scient...

Martin Luther King Jr. and Rene Descartes on Skepticism

He didnt believe that going to church necessarily related to a relationship with God. He felt that church almost got in the way o...

God's Existence and Meditations on First Philosophy by Rene Descartes

Power is behind all that we perceive, then the Higher Power would be a deceitful one. Descartes arrives at this conclusion becaus...

Reality Struggles of Rene Descartes, George Berkeley, and David Hume

even more challenging. He takes dualism to its logical end by insisting that we not only cannot prove that the matter exists, but ...

The Philosophies of David Hume and Rene Descartes Applied to the Abortion Issue

This, he asserted, was mans freedom of the will, in which people are able to determine their own choices, rather than be automatic...

Philosophical Concepts

of the most important philosophers when talking about knowledge and where it comes from. His explanation suggests that there is a ...

Knowledge of Humanity, Empiricism vs. Rationalism

is, therefore, to be perceived - that matter does not exist independently of perception. Inasmuch as philosophy is nothing other ...

Epistemology and Descartes

might Descartes for example deal with the problem? A student writing on this subject will want to point out that the primary dilem...

Knowledge and First Truth According to Descartes' Meditations

This research report examines ideas by Descartes and internal aspects of one's being are explored. True knowledge is one concept h...

Knowledge and the Views of the Empiricists and the Rationalists

In eleven pages this paper defines rationalism and empiricism in a consideration of the philosophical views of Berkeley, Hume, Loc...

God, Knowledge, Wisdom, and Virtue According to Descartes and Aristotle

In nine pages specific questions are answered regarding Aristotle's position on happiness, virtue, knowledge, and wisdom, and then...

Comparing Two Early Greek Philosophers with Plato

The ancient Greek arche concept is compared with Plato's soul concept in an argument that contends Plato's conflict resolution of ...

Comparing Friedman and Plato's Economic Ideas

illustrates his stance which is that people, even if they are lacking, do not have the right to coerce the wealthy. Thus, if someo...

Hume and Descartes Compared

at the conclusion that there is no belief of which we can be certain, since the process of acquiring such information is inherentl...

Plato's 'Republic' and a Consideration of Rational Intellect and Emotions

good gifts to their friends and family but often do not have the expenses which would allow them to do so. However, people may use...

What Does Empiricism Teach About The Relationship Between Appearance And Reality?

awareness of the moment at hand and draws attention to the fleeting nature of existence that unifies all things. "The ideas of Se...

Plato/Apology of Socrates

Clouds by Aristophanes. Reasonably, Socrates points out that the character in the play speaks nonsense and should not be confused...

The Influence of the Cave Allegory

distance. In some way one can compare this to how humans contemplate form. It is not easy. If one stretches the allegory and sees ...

The Cave by Jose Saramago

This essay pertains to The Cave by Jose Saramago and presents the interpretation that the author stresses the similarities between...

Elizabeth Costello's Views on Animal Rights

Despite her poor reception by those that disagree with her philosophically, Costello makes many valid points about animal rights. ...

Proving God's Existence with the Philosophies of Wittgenstein, Descartes, and Plato

argued that this is true, Plato, but let us bring forth two other philosophers to create a better atmosphere for this discourse. ...