Tagged: Descartes

One Of Us: Discussing Descartes & Animal Consciousness

Relating to CC201′s study of The Renaissance is the essay ‘One Of Us’ by John Jeremiah Sullivan on animal consciousness, in which he discusses Descartes’ views on the topic. Here is an extract: Descartes’ term for them [animals] was automata—windup toys, like the Renaissance protorobots he’d seen as a boy in the gardens at Saint-Germain-en-Laye, “hydraulic statues” that […]

Analects of the Core: Descartes on quality in the flame

Relating to the reading that the students of CC201 have done on Descartes’ work, here is today’s analect: Although in approaching the flame I feel heat, and even though in approaching it a little too closely I feel pain, there is still no reason that can convince me that there is some quality in the […]

Analects of the Core: Descartes on plausible philosophy

Je ne dirai rien de la philosophie, sinon que, voyant qu’elle a été cultivée par les plus excellents esprits qui aient vécu depuis plusieurs siècles, et que néanmoins il ne s’y trouve encore aucune chose dont on ne dispute, et par conséquent qui ne soit douteuse, je n’avois point assez de présomption pour espérer d’y […]

Analects of the Core: Descartes on questioning existence

CC201 students will soon be discussing one of the foundations of Western discussions of knowledge, relying on the fact that the mind necessarily exists if it can question its own existence: Cogito ergo sum. “I think, therefore I am.” – René Descartes, Discourse on Methods and Meditations Read up some more context for Descartes and […]