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Brian Lubnow 11:15-12:05 David Hume and Rene Descartes have entirely opposing ideas on the validity of reason. Descartes, in his Meditations on First Philosophy uses reason, and reason alone to “prove” the majority of his points. Descartes uses reason to make almost every claim in his series of meditations. Hume however, believes this approach has no legitimacy because he believes that reason is fallible and is entirely useless for attaining knowledge. I think that Hume’s belief makes much more sense in the real world. If you think back through history, reason and logic alone have been proven wrong countless times. Reason alone is not enough to prove things, which is why Hume’s theory makes more sense. David Hume counteracts Descartes belief in his A Treatise on Human Nature . Descartes’ argument is that reason can be used to explain many things in the world. Hume says that reason can only be used to connect and relate ideas inside ones head, and cannot be applied to things outside of our understanding. The history of science clearly proves Descartes wrong. If you look at science, you see that it has slowly developed and changed since the beginning of man. People have constantly been using logic
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