Lecture 4 - Descartes I Transition From Dante and...

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01-14-15 Descartes I) Transition From Dante and Background -Dante is a coherent view of how the world existed before the modern world. -Human beings made sense of the cosmos and of politics by understanding the universe and the afterlife. -Reality was laid out for you by some power greater than yourself, and you were supposed to accept and understand this power. -Descartes is the early part of what we consider the modern era. -Descartes is still deeply concerned about God. -But Descartes has a modern relationship with God, not premodern. -Descartes needs to understand God from a rational perspective. -For Descartes, our inability to understand God is a problem. -Descartes is interested in definitive science if done in the right way, and supports Galileo. II) Goals and Aims of the Meditations -Descartes wants to rationally prove that the soul is separate from the body. -He also wants to prove the existence of God. -Descartes’ arguments fail though. -However, the way he tried to answer these questions changes the way we approach knowledge and the world. -Does not want to prove the existence of God through miracles. -Descartes says that it would be better to provide a rational argument, that even non-believers, would accept as true. This way, everyone will believe in God.
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