Monday, March 28, 2016

Descartes: His Life and Thought

Spring is finally here, everyone! The birds are chirping and the flowers are beginning to bud. It is even a perfect time to head to the park and read a good book on life and meditations. 

Philosopher René Descartes is perfect for someone to learn from and about concerning the subjects. Like most of us college students, Descartes admitted to the fact that he’s questioned everything in existence and if his thoughts were really his own. I’m sure we’ve all had this sort of doubt in our lives whether it was short or long term. In Geneviève Rodis-Lewis’ Descartes: His Life and Thought, we go over the philosopher’s relationships as well as his isolation while pursuing the true meaning of life and who we are as human beings. Since I am currently reading about Descartes’ writing in class, learning more about his personal life helps me make connections with his philosophy. Descartes’ relationships as well as his studies in mathematics and physics are what helped create these ideas and philosophy.

“I think; therefore I am." ("Cogito ergo sum.") —René Descartes

Using his methodological doubt, he explains how true existence comes from tangibility. With our thoughts being performed from us as physical human beings, there lies our true existence as well as the existence of knowledge itself.

Descartes’ foundation is all right here in Rodis-Lewis’ book. And as you admire the birds and flowers during spring time,  you’ll have a philosopher explain its existence and life itself. 

Posted on March 28, 2016 I Blog post by Madison Ross (student worker of the LIM College Library)