Source of Knowledge: Aristotle and Descartes

old, and nature is not static. The natural world changes and evolves, as does knowledge. Forms are important for the definition that

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

Descartes: Radical Doubt

"As I desired to devote myself wholly to the . . . search for truth, I thought that I should . . . reject as absolutely false anything of which

The Nature of Knowledge and Morality: Discussion of Theories of Descartes, Hume, Kant and Nietzsche

the existence of known objects, rationalism relates to a mathematical deduction as its theoretical base while empiricism relies on scientific induction (Radical, 2001). Rene Descartes (1596-1650) is the philosopher most

Descartes and Siddhartha/A Comparison

spiritual realm and the physical realm can never be completely separated. Descartes addresses the spiritual realm in his speculations as to the way in which God interacts with his

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 and the Mind-Body Distinctness

the separation of body and mind are indeed just beliefs or whether there is indeed such a separation. He recognizes, in other words, that it is indeed possible for

Rene Descartes/Meditation III

thing that thinks" (Descartes, 2001). He affirms that he is a thinking being who is capable of doubt and affirmation, denial and knowledge. He is certain that he thinks and

Knowledge: Aquinas and Descartes

as that A is A or 2+2=4" (Philosophy). It is interesting to note, however, that Aquinas also saw faith, as well as reason, as ways of knowing, or obtaining

Descartes and the Philosophy of Knowledge

tries to clarify his initial intent. It is suggested that the friend is just simply asking too much of the concept of knowledge. He says that the word is

A Discussion on Descartes's First Mediation

are here or there, or they do not. Yet, the question at hand is that even if one accepts Descartess premise that does not necessarily mean that no level of

Hume, Berkeley and Descartes: Struggling with Reality

of actual contact with the real, material world, or in fact to know the real, material world at all (Berkeley 61). He also stresses that natural laws or principles, such

Berkeley and Descartes on Knowledge & Reality

traces the major philosophical trends regarding knowledge between Descartes and Berkeley, and with primary purpose of differentiating the views of Berkeley and Descartes toward knowledge and God. Descartes posited


But before comparing and contrasting these two philosophies, it would be a good idea to define them both.

Descartes' Views on Knowledge

Cartesian Cogito, or the premise "I think. Therefore I am," to some extent dissolves skepticism. At the same time, anyone who contemplates the statement in all its meaning may still