Descartes 's Meditations On First Philosophy

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We Think, Therefore We Are Throughout history man has always wanted to understand themselves, and to understand others. Humans have this innate wondering, this curiosity, as to what makes us who we are. What is it inside of us that allows us to exist? Sometimes the answer is as simple as looking inwards, or as René Descartes would call it, meditation. These ‘meditations’ are moments of reflection, time spent with one’s thoughts, and time to figure out where one is placed within the world. During one of these meditations, Descartes creates the phrase, “cogito ergo sum”, I think, therefore I am, in his monumental book, Principles of Philosophy, though it was written in another form earlier, “ego sum, ego existo”, I am, I exist, in his book Meditations on First Philosophy. This phrase, put so eloquently, means that because Descartes is able to think, because he is able to ponder his own existence, he therefore, exists. Descartes is correct in saying that his “self” exists because he can think, and ponder his existence. Descartes’ use of, “cogito ergo sum” addresses the issue of doubt in the world, and how to deal with our own existence because of this. We, as humans, have an underlying desire to understand reality, and to know what is, and what isn’t. For example, dreams can be perceived as being reality, as they carry all the necessary attributes for living. Inside of a dream we walk, we can eat, we can have different sensations, though, once awake it is obvious that none
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