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1. 2172 Point and Counterpoint: A Cartesian Debate.

In Meditation Six of his Meditations on First Philosophy Rene Descartes ambitiously attempts to extend his famous deduction of individual existence - "I think therefore I am" - beyond the boundaries of individual consciousness. In so attempting to logically certify the existence of an objective reality beyond the realm of subjective thought, it may be argued that Descartes is performing a "leap of faith". This paper will discuss how Descartes' leap falls short of logical support. In closing, however, some suggestion will be made as to how Descartes may have challenged this objection to his argument. 4 pgs. 3 f/c. 1b.
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  • Filename: 2172 Cartesian Debate.doc
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2. 2432 The Logical Existence of Things: A Reading of Parmenides in Terms of Cartesian Reasoning.

This paper will examine Parmenides' reasoning in terms of the argument of Descartes. It will be shown how closely the two thinkers' arguments paralleled each other, both in their skeptical rejection of sensory data and their ultimate reliance upon reason and the mind to ascertain "truth". 8 pgs. 8 f/c. 3b.
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  • Filename: 2432 Parmenides Descartes Logic.doc
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3. 2510 Descartes: The Great Doubter.

This paper discusses Descartes insisting that the mind and body would have to be different substances. This philosophical conclusion was the result of his radical doubt about everything that could possibly be a concern within philosophy. He wanted to get rid of the preconceptions that might lead him to erroneous conclusions, by clearing away all suppositions and leaving only that which he could be sure of. 6 pgs. 12 f/c. 2b.
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  • Filename: 2510 Descartes Mind Body.doc
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4. 3867 The Problem of the Evil Demon Scenario in Descartes' "Meditations on First Philosophy".

In Meditation One of his Meditations on First Philosophy Rene Descartes introduces his "evil Demon" as a device in his logical proof for the coherence of his intellect and thereby the basis of his argument to extend his famous deduction of individual existence - "I think therefore I am" - beyond the boundaries of individual consciousness. However, the "evil Demon" scenario undermines Descartes' argument as the Meditations progress in that it represents a challenge to his argument for the existence of God, and thereby for the assertion of the certainty of sensory apprehension in Meditation Six. Thus, it will be argued that although the device of the "evil Demon" functions effectively in the assertion of radical doubt, it also undermines Descartes' argument in the rest of his text. 7 pgs. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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  • Filename: 3867 Meditations First Philosophy.doc
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5. 3934 Descartes' Cosmological Argument.

This paper discusses the cosmological argument of Rene Descartes. The essay reveals that the argument primarily suggests the innate existence of ideas. Descartes employs his famous "dream argument" to argue that the idea of one's own existence proves the difference between objective and subjective reality. 10 pgs. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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  • Filename: 3934 Descartes' Cosmological Argument.doc
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6. 4135 Descartes and the Limitations of the Senses.

Rene Descartes, in his Meditations on First Philosophy, addresses a wide variety of questions, from nature of the self and perception, to the demonstration of the existence of the world and of God. However, his argument in these Meditations begins at a point of radical scepticism concerning the existence of the universe and the nature of reality. Central to this argument is the idea of Cartesian dualism, or the separation of rational intellect from the body and the senses. In this context, this paper will argue, through a examination of various facets of Descartes' argument, that in the final analysis Meditations on First Philosophy retains a measure of this scepticism in its refusal to accept the position that knowledge may be acquired by the senses. 4 pgs. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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  • Filename: 4135 Descartes Limitations Senses.doc
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7. 8347 Descartes' Nativism vs. Locke's Empiricism.

Nativist thought, that which focuses on the idea that there are some "innate ideas existing prior to concrete experience (Fancher, 26), allows for the existence of archetypal knowledge and a communal unconscious. Empiricism is a philosophical doctrine that asserts that all knowledge is derived from experience. According to the empiricist, all ideas are derived from experience. Nativism, as espoused by Descartes, requires that the soul be embodied with knowledge and experience prior to association with the body. 3 pgs. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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  • Filename: 8347 Descartes Locke Nativist.doc
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