Rene Descartes 's Philosophy And The Science Of Philosophy

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Rene Descartes was a rationalist who is considered the father of modern philosophy, primarily because his ideas departed from current understanding in the early 17th century, which was more feeling based (Biography.com). He was born on March 31, 1956, in France and was a very educated man. His mother sent him to a boarding school which was considered college at an early age of 8. Additionally, by the age of 22 he had obtained his degree as a lawyer. To further this, he believed that all truths were linked and his goal was to uncover the meaning of the natural world with a national approach (Biography.com). Descartes effectively discovered consciousness, leading the ground work for both modern philosophy and the science of philosophy (Biography.com). While there may have been questions as to certainty one thing that was certain was Descartes believed his own consciousness indeed existed. Even while asleep and dreaming he did exist. We have learned of the famous quote, “I think therefore I am,” showing he saw consciousness as an endowment bestowed upon humans, while the human body and remaining universe was governed or ruled by mechanical laws. It is safe to say that Descartes brought a lot to the table including a withering skepticism to bear on the empiricists.
John Locke was born in 1632 in England and went to the University of Oxford according to Biography.com. At the University of Oxford, Locke studied medicine which was an integral part of his life. Thus, this led to…
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