"The Dream of Descartes" by Jacques Maritain

God, was not a true form of philosophical thought, for all philosophical thought should include the understanding of Gods participation in mankinds existence. Now, this, it should be understood, is

Rene Descartes/ The Evil Demon

is still whole. This train of thought, in turn, caused him to postulate that he might have been deceived by some "evil genius," who influenced his senses to provide

Descartes’ Deductive Reasoning, Definitions and Principles Used to Argue the Existence of God

of the idea of God (also infinite reality) and therefore God exists. His stepped process of deductive reasoning begins with the assumption "Ex

Benjamin's Argument Against Descartes

reality. This system of checks and balances helps to equalize what man truly knows and that which he thinks he knows, serving as "forever an inherent aspiration of the


is real. If it were not, it would not hold up my body". According to Descartes a human being used his facilities to gain knowledge of his own world. No

The Philosophy of Descartes and the Idea of Reality

may be seen as a result of both his own intellect and also facilitated by his education. Rene Descartes was born in 1596 in La Haye, which has now had

Descartes's Philosophy of Doubt

construed as being wholly deductive (Russell, 1945). A deductive argument assumes that if all notions are true, the conclusion must be true. Yet, there are discussions in the realm


dream"(Descartes 2003). This thinking leads Descartes to reason that he has taken for granted a great deal. What really seems to bend his mind is the fact that

The Importance of the Painter Analogy

does not know if he is dreaming or not and finally, the last statement in the proof is a conclusion that says that he does not know whether or not

Malcolm's Analysis of Descartes' Dreaming Argument

not dreaming. Using deductive reasoning, one would have to agree that the argument is valid. The argument is not necessarily sound though because people do know that they are

Did Descartes Contradict Himself in the Meditations?

were to show him evidence--or absence of evidence--that he exists, he would not agree. Some seem to think that this is a contradiction. On one hand, Descartes says that

Rene Descartes’ Method of Systematic Doubt Described in “Meditations I”

doubt or "method of systematic doubt," which was comprised of sense doubt, dream doubt and demon doubt. This was Descartes way of distinguishing between real and unreal, or perhaps

The Significance of the Dreaming Argument

does exist! Still, how do people really know that their lives are "real" and that the entire world does not revolve around them? Descartess dreaming argument likely suggests more than

Descartes' First Meditation

an "endless labor"; "but, as the removal from below of the foundation necessarily involves the downfall of the whole edifice, I will at once approach the criticism of the principles

The Implications of Descartes's Meditations

Ren? Descartess Meditations to some extent helps to explain life, but they are as confusing as they are profound. One example of how confusing the meditations can be comes from