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Anti-Philosophy Descartes

Philosophy has always been bunk, 12: Descartes 2: He drops Cogito!

Descartes later did a volte-face by jettisoning his Cogito ergo sum entirely, and now accepting what his senses tell him! He did this by using entirely separate arguments, not deduced from the Cogito at all, to prove that God did after all exist!  And that He was not a Great Deceiver who would deceive Descartes about what came to him via his senses.  So Descartes could now accept what his senses…

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Anti-Philosophy Descartes

‘Philosophy’ has always been bunk, 11, Descartes 1: His Cogito

Let me jump to about 1637 AD for another example of the pottiness of Philosophy:  ‘Cogito ergo Sum’ – ‘I think, therefore I am’ – wrote Descartes.    Descartes couldn’t convince himself he existed till it occurred to him that he was thinking!  Therefore he must exist!  Did he really think as an adult person that he couldn’t believe he existed until the logic of words proved it?   But, he later …

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