Phenomenology of Abram and Descartes

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Essay #: 057058
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Phenomenology of Abram and Descartes
This paper contrasts the epistemology of Abram with the epistemology of Descartes by drawing upon readings produced by both. Abram believes that the study of knowledge is really predicated upon what we experience; in other words, the objective formulas and equations scientists create to explain and illuminate the world are the product of their personal/subjective experiences with the world. Descartes, for his part, argues that objective truth exists and that humans can achieve it if they take a systematic, methodical approach predicated upon the rules of the mathematical sciences – like geometry.
Abram is of the view that reality cannot be reduced to some sort of impersonal set of objective facts: the...
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....., Descartes holds that an objective truth really exists if we simply start from the simplest “truths” and build our way forward from there in incremental fashion.
Works Cited
Abram, David. The spell of the sensuous: perception and language in a more than human world. New York: Vintage Books.
Descartes, Rene. “Discourse on the method of rightly conducting the reason and seeking for truth in the sciences (chapter one).” N.d. 30 Jan. 2010 http://www.literature.org/authors/descartes-rene/reason-discourse/chapter-01.html
Descartes, Rene. “Discourse on the method of rightly conducting the reason and seeking for truth in the sciences (chapter two).” N.d. 30 Jan. 2010 http://www.literature.org/authors/descartes-rene/reason-discourse/chapter-02.html