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In Descartes’ Meditations on First Philosophy , he describes the existence of life and everything around him. He opens with doubting everything with a fear that he could be being misled by a demon or an Omnipotent God. He then reasons with himself using the term ‘Cogito ergo sum,’ which in Latin means ‘I think, therefore I am.’ Descartes concludes that he must exist because he cannot doubt existence if he himself does not exist. He cannot be misled about the world around him existing if he was not there to think about being misled. He can doubt that he is sitting in front of a fire, but he cannot doubt his own thought because doubt is a form of his own thought. Through his proof of his existence, Descartes concludes that the human mind is more certainly known than the human body. Since his only way to prove his existence is through his thought, his mind is all that he really knows. He questions his body and has doubt whether it could be an illusion of his dreams. However, his doubt of his body has
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This essay was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course PHIL 101 taught by Professor Padmanaban during the Spring '06 term at Kenyon.

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