Descartes’ Reasoning and the Cogito


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Descartes' Reasoning and the Cogito
How does Descartes conclude that he is a thinking thing, and how does his reasoning relate to the cogito? What are objections are there to his claim?
Descartes struggles to conclude that he is a thinking thing – but he does gradually arrive at that understanding. To begin with, Descartes believes that the very act of him doubting the existence of things is proof that he exists; put another way, the only thing of which he can be certain is that he has the capacity to think and to doubt and, for that reason, he truly exists – even if he cannot be certain that his hands, his feet, his body, even his sensations, exist (Descartes, 2008).
It may be argued that Descartes’ reasoning relates to the cogito in the...
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.....ething” exists in some form. However, by inserting the concept of the Supreme Deceiver into matters, and by blindly accepting that God exists, Descartes leaves us with a sense that his own grasp on what is unimpeachably real and what is not is fallible.
Works Cited
Descartes, R. (2002). Routledge Philosophy: Guidebook to Descartes and the Meditations.London: Routledge.
Descartes, R. (2008). Do we have knowledge of the external world? In Laurence Bonjour and Anne Baker (eds.), Philosophical Problems: An annotated anthology (2nd edition). (pp.46-63). New York: Longman.
Newman, L. (2010). Descartes’ epistemology. Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy. Retrieved February 29, 2011 from