The Cartesian Rationalism Of Descartes

2097 WordsNov 30, 20169 Pages
Cartesian Rationalism Descartes is considered to be the father of modern day Western Philosophy, and was a mathematician who began to consider if what he knew was actually true. Born into medieval times where the global knowledge was coming unwound, everything that had been considered common knowledge was coming into question. He concluded that nothing was true, unless you could sway any argument against it. This method of system doubt would leave him with a core bit of knowledge to build upon, but it wasn’t without skepticism. The knowledge, and the way that we acquire it is known as epistemology, and unless we can all agree on how we know what is real, there will not be an agreement upon what we know. To say something is certain because we perceive it that way creates a gap between the way different people can view the same thing, but neither are inherently wrong based on their senses. We must have different ways of describing the same substances, due to how they can change and go through a metamorphosis, but in the end, they are the same substance. This brings up the question on whether or not our senses are reliable enough to come to a real understanding, and the example used of wax melting shows that his understanding gave him the real answer, while his senses would have deceived him. The systemic doubt provides a blanket, to ensure that the root cause of something is understood, much like the 5 why system that technicians use today. Understanding when and where to
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