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Adam Goldsmith Hist 4B Discussion W 5pm Descartes’ writing suggested certain skepticism, not only about teachers from whom he had “learned”, but also about the concept of teaching and learning in general, and even of the actual disciplines themselves. He advocated his OWN method of finding the truth, and by his own he meant free from outside opinion and influence, especially that of popular consensus, which to him was more susceptible to impurity than that of a lone source which was derived more directly and with less influential confinement. He only took into account what he knew to be certain, and when analyzing such, he broke it down in several simpler parts, beginning his analysis from simplest to most complex, as
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Unformatted text preview: if not to disrupt the natural order of things. He then rechecked his findings thoroughly, not to leave anything out when finalizing his new found “truth”, and he was satisfied afterward, knowing that he had arrived at his truth to the best of HIS abilities and that very little was susceptible to outside corruption. Descartes’ method of finding truth differed from other authors we have read because he was the only one who rejected the uncertainties of philosophy and didn’t take religion into account as a sufficient, credible foundation. Gregory VII and Aquinas treated God’s word as unquestionable whereas Descartes’ found truth only in what he knew to be fact through personal investigation....
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