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Descartes Cogito Ergo Sum I am I exist argument is a complex one In many ways he constructs a convincing argument for the existence of the self and for the process of the thinking being the essence of that self In this meditation on his philosophy Descartes on numerous attempts tries to convince both the readers as well as himself of his theory that we must reject all of our present ideas and beliefs and start from nothing He believes that the only thing that has any certainty at this point is his own existence as a thinking being Everything else which he has learned throughout his entire life and believed in is to be thrown out because it is not known clearly and distinctly Descartes method and theory on knowledge was well planned and carefully thought out It is evident that he spent a great deal of time determining the principles that he would use as determinants for judging whether a specific idea was justified and true In my opinion there are some flaws contained in Descartes argument Among these flaws are Descartes apparent determination to prove his theory on his individual existence in the world and the existence of G-d to backup and prove himself and his theories At the beginning of meditation two Descartes is stuck in the middle of nothingness He has nothing nothing to believe in and everything around him he regards as false This is because he cannot believe what he has learned and he is also unable to trust his senses due to the fact that they deceive him He feels like he is drowning in a whirlpool and cannot reach the top and get out nor can he put his feet on the bottom and stand Everything in the world at this point he has called into doubt including himself Everything that he has ever seen learned or thought is now external from what he deems to
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