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  1. What conviction did Descartes share with Socrates?
  2. Why is there said to be a direct line of descent from Socrates and Plato via St. Augustine to Descartes?
  3. What can one say without exaggeration about Descartes?
  4. What was Descartes main concern and what other great question preoccupied him?
  5. What happened the more mechanistic the physical world was seen to be?
  6. What was the original meaning of the words soul and spirit?
  7. When was the radical division of soul and body introduced?
  8. Of what was an explanation required regarding the soul and the body?
  9. Descartes maintained that we cannot accept anything as true unless what?
  10. Of what else apart from modern philosophy was Descartes considered the father?
  11. What did Descartes think concerning the reliability of the senses?
  12. Of what one thing was Descartes certain?
  13. What does Cogito ergo sum mean?
  14. Of what did Descartes conclude that he had a clear and distinct idea in his mind? Where must this idea have originated according to Descartes?
  15. What is the relationship of existence to a perfect being, according to Descartes?
  16. What did Descartes maintain about forms of reality?

Comments (1)

Zubie said

at 3:48 pm on Apr 26, 2009

1. Descrates was covinced of his own ignorance like Socrates. Like Socrates he was convinced that certain knowledge is only attainable through reason.

2.They were all typical rationalists, convinced that reason was the only path to knowledge.

4. He was concered with what we can know, so certain knowledge and the relationship between body and mind.

5...The more pressing became the question of the realtionship between body and soul.

6. Breath and breathing

7. The seventeenth century.

8.An explanation was required not least of how something spiritual could start a mechanical process.

9. Unless we can clearly and distinctly preceive it.

10.He is considered the father of analytical geometry.

12. He was certain that he doubted everything. When he doubted he had to be thinking and was therefore a thinking being.

13."I think, therefore I am."

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