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9.1.2009 - Tuesday September 1 2009 Descartes Discourse on...

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009 Descartes’ Discourse on Method “Dualism is the crucial component necessary to understand what it means to be a human being” How does Descartes notion of dualism make it impossible for us to see the bororo as birds as well as people? He moves from doubting to knowing, from the senses to reason/rationality, from uncertain knowledge to knowledge, external to internal, manyness to oneness, from imperfection to perfection, most importantly from body to mind ( the material world to spiritual world). This is really a journey into his self “reason distinguishes us from the beasts” Instead of looking inside themselves, the bororo see themselves as birds. “I was completely free to converse with myself about my thoughts, among them was that it occurred to me that the books written by a single individual have much more value than those written with others. “ 4 rules established 1. Never to accept as true anything that he did not plainly present itself as true to himself.
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