Essay about Descartes vs. Spinoza

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Term Paper, Philosophy 1107 Aaron Davis

Evaluation & Comparison Between Descartes and Spinoza

About The Paper: What I will do in this following paper is to discuss two very interesting philosophers, Rene

Descartes and Benedictus de Spinoza. I will discuss each philosopher’s perspectives and insights

on their most recognized theories and thoughts. I will then evaluate them and then give my opinion

on the given topic. By doing this, I will contrast the similarities and differences between the two

genius minds. By the end of the paper I will have discarded some ideas and opinions from each of

the two and will have my own judgment that consists of thoughts from Spinoza, Descartes and my

self put
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The argument he made on this

segment of his U-Turn concept was only half true. He was right on the fact that we can not

distinguish the difference when in a dream state but wrong on the idea that same goes for when we

are awake. As human begins we may not be able to have any reasoning, logic or understand the

fact that we are dreaming but when we are not dreaming we can logically know we are awake and

be able to know the difference between awake/sleep which means we don’t have to doubt common

sense or mathematics anymore. If this is the case then Descartes U-Turn theory is wrong and the

idea that the only thing we can be “certain” about is our own existence is false.

Themes On Spinoza:
Conception of God-

Spinoza’s’ View -

Spinoza went on a whole different direction when it came to God. Up to his point in time

most people believed in a transcendent God, this meant that they believed in a personal God that

was all loving, caring and would not deceive us human beings. People would prey to this personal

God for various things like comfort and security, but Spinoza had his own belief. His conception

was quite different from that of anyone else. His conception of God was non-personal (Non-

Transcendent) and was the totality of everything that is immanent. He explained that our infinite
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