Ideas and Thoughts

Ideas and Thoughts - Ideas and Thoughts Descartes did many...

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Ideas and Thoughts Descartes did many things with philosophy throughout his life and help pave the way for many more philosophers to continue on with questioning the universe . Descartes perceives that ideas go into 3 different categories . He states that they are innate, invented, or adventitious . Adventitious ideas are the ones that are perceived by the senses . They are prone to being false and therefore can not be trusted, but you can not prevent you self from having these ideas . For example, you can not help but feel hot or cold . You can not prevent your senses from experiencing . Innate and invented ideas are the thoughts that come from the self . He states that these ideas come from some already preconceived reality . Innate ideas you already have in your mind and invented ideas derive from the thoughts and memories already planted into our minds through memory . Along with Descartes, another philosopher also had a curiosity in the realm of ideas and thoughts . David Hume was just as interested in this topic as Descartes . He practically continued Descartes research, and proved parts of it and also found flaws in Descartes philosophy . Hume states that all our perceptions may be divided into two classes: ideas or thoughts and impressions . Hume suggests that while ideas are based on thoughts it is sensation that gets these thoughts started . He also claims that ideas and thoughts are also now where near as powerful as impressions . According to Descartes, ideas are the building blocks of thought, and that all thought is made up of composite ideas . Descartes suggests that ideas are "the images of
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things" and is not meant to reduce ideas to being simply calling them visual representations . Most error in judgment has to do with identifying things in the material world, since that is where the mind tries to pass judgment regarding things outside of it . Thus, of innate, invented, and adventitious ideas, Descartes takes the greatest interest in adventitious ideas .    Adventitious i deas are the link that connects the mind and the world because they have both formal and objective reality . Formal reality is the kind of reality things have in this world and objective reality is the reality of the objects represented by different ideas . Therefore, an idea can have formal reality, being a mode of thought itself, and it can also have objective reality, representing something outside of itself . When we get into the subject of formal and objective reality, this is where we begin to see Descartes getting more in depth with the existence of God and the other issues of his meditations The more objective an idea is the more controversy about its existence is created . In this case God is typically the most objective thing since this substance is invisible and
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course ECON 412 taught by Professor Gillette during the Spring '08 term at Kentucky.

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