Descartes vs. Hume Essay

698 Words May 20th, 2008 3 Pages
Rene Descartes, a rationalist, said that each person contains the criteria for truth and knowledge in them. Finding truth and knowledge comes from the individual themselves, not necessarily from God. Descartes also believed that reason is the same for every single person. Descartes believed that nothing could be true unless we as humans could perceive it. He also believed that you could break down things into smaller simpler parts. Descartes also believed that there was a relationship between the mind and body. He also believed that the idea of being perfect originated from God since God himself was perfect. He also integrates his mathematical concepts into his methodology. Descartes also applied doubt to his ideas before he granted …show more content…
Hume said that in our ideas we use scissors and paste to cut our ideas out and paste them to our minds. Just like in the example of the gold mountains.
Hume also wanted to explain things through a non-theological base. I believe that this is a good way of thinking because how can one higher being, God, really be able to control everything that we as human beings do? I don't think that God can control every single person's actions or thoughts. If you believe in God and religion then that can be a foundation for your life but not necessarily be why we do or don't do things.
Hume's idea on that we derive our ideas through our experiences is very knowledgeable in my opinion. Everyone has different experiences throughout their lives, not everyone's is the same, so we must get our ideas through our experiences. If a little child puts his hand on the hot stove top, hi is in pain from the heat. He will learn from that experience that stoves are hot and not to touch them. Descartes believed that everyone's thoughts and ideas were equal, unlike Hume. How could Descartes idea on equal thoughts be true when not everyone may even have a stove in their house so each little child may not be able to experience the same things?
Hume also believed in cause and effect. I believe in this because in order for something to happen something needed to cause…