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Rene Descartes Philosophy on Being/Cogitatio

Descartes is careful to explain the "Cogito," or "I think, therefore, I am," and exactly what is meant by this claim. He discusses if he can be sure about being awake versus being asleep. Descartes thinks that he can be sure. What do you think?

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The book: Descartes, Rene //Discourse On Method and Meditations On First Philosophy//Hackett
Publishing 4th Edition, 1999//ISBN 0-87220-420-0

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Descartes' Cogitatio

Enlightenment philosopher Rene Descartes' oft quoted line, 'Cogito ergo Sum' - I think therefore I am is a good representation of the humanist notion regarding identity and being. Identity and being for Descartes is a natural reality, inseparable from the person just as his body and mind is. Awareness of the physical and the mind allows for identity 'to be' as consciousness and cognition contributes to self-awareness making thinking, learning and remembering a part of a person's 'evolving' individual socialization through experience via actions of the body and thoughts and processes of the mind. Descartes believes that this is what makes us self-sustaining subjects interacting and participating in the social ...

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The expert explains the "Cogito" or "I think, therefore, I am". What can be sure about being awake versus being asleep is discussed.