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descartes - Emily Capdeville November 3, 2008 Descartes'...

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Emily Capdeville November 3, 2008 Descartes’ Discourse on Method, Part II Word Count: 379 Thesis: Descartes, in suggesting a revolutionary new method with which we can obtain knowledge and truth, leaves out a fundamental part of the foundation of proving basic facts, insisting that certain things are innate and come from within, while failing to acknowledge the differences among people and cultures, and consequently, innate knowledges. Summary: In his Discourse on Method, Part II, René Descartes extols on his methods of divining information and knowledge, which differs greatly from the mechanisms used previously in Descartes’ lifetime and before and which focus wholly and greatly on reason (rationalism.) His method devises a new language to describe things, and includes three steps on how to obtain knowledge. First, nothing is accepted as true that is not “clear and distinct,” the first new concept that Descartes creates. Next, all of the questions must be divided up into as small as parts as is possible in order that they are in the easiest form possible to unravel and figure out. And lastly, one tackles each task starting with the smallest and simplest questions, moving forward to those more complex
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This note was uploaded on 03/13/2008 for the course PHIL 121 taught by Professor Sensen during the Fall '06 term at Tulane.

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