Comparing Descartes And Descartes 's Philosophy On The View Of A Person 's Thoughts

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Therefore, intuition according to Descartes is the result of a person’s thoughts. Descartes proceeds to explain that “there are only a few things that can be perceived clearly and distinctly” (Discourse on method, 75); only a few things that can be intuited. These things include size, shape, position, motion, duration and number. From these things, other truths can be deducted and it is through mathematical formulas that these truths can be deducted. Reason or rationality according to Descartes is having intuition and using mathematics to arrive to deductions. “For Descartes, then, all knowledge consists in self-intuition and necessary deduction” (Man of Reason, 115). Women are considered to be more impulsive and more emotional, and this knowledge is free from emotions or imaginations and can only be attained though training or education. But in the seventeenth century, women were excluded from education which left them to remain impulsive and emotional. The assumption thus is that women did not therefore gain rationality. I am very disturbed by the whole theory of attaining rationality through education; it is so weak. There are many examples of people who have been successful in their careers yet they did not go to school to attain that “education.” The Listverse article titled “10 poorly educated but incredibly successful people” includes examples such as Horace Greely whom without any formal education became a Congressman and one of the founding members of the
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