Descartes Questions Essay

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Cornel Rhodius Mrs. Robbins Philosophy December 2, 2014 1. He uses the analogy of a planned city that is more organized than an old city that is added to over time and becomes chaotic. He compares that idea of starting fresh to government and the law. 2. He only relies on his own logic and thoughts and not others. He thinks for himself. 3. He fully planned what his task was and the method he would use. 4. He dismisses logic because it is only valuable in communicating what is known and not for investigating the unknown. He dismisses math because it has too many rigid rules and formulas that restrict the imagination. He dismisses the ancients because they only embrace the abstract and are not practical. 5. He is trying to find truth 6. He does this by: 1. never accepting anything as true unless he knows it is true, 2. dividing each problem being studied into as many individual parts as possible, 3. starting with the simplest ideas and moving up to the complex ones, and 4. listing every detail to make sure nothing is omitted. 7. This is not completely true because we are not God and we cannot know everything with our human minds. God has to teach us some knowledge we cannot know on our own. 8. He proposes a code to live by until his philosophy is rebuilt. Like living in a house while your new one is being built. 9. They are: to obey the laws of the land, to be committed to action of his ideas, to be content in his limits or fate, to devote his life to culturing his reason. 10. Conquering himself means that he would push himself to do his best and leave the results up to fate. He has to learn contentment in his abilities and successes or lack of successes. 11. It was the truths of faith. 12. A skeptic does not believe in anything, not God, not truth, etc. Descartes believed in God and in truth; he just believed
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