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Intr to Philosophy Cogito in Brief In his writings Meditations on First Philosophy Rene Descartes aims to provide a strong foundation for knowledge of the external world through many sections Descartes in the second section of his Meditations subtitled The nature of the human mind and how it is better known than the body continues his search for truth discarding any ideas that may be uncertain He refers to Archimedes famous line that given one immovable point he could shift the entire earth In the same way Descartes immovable truth a truth on which he lays down his foundation of knowledge is the line Cogito ergo sum I think therefore I am This is probably the most celebrated solitary line in all of philosophy and is said to be the foundation for modern philosophy An internet philosophy resource reports that what Descartes is trying to say in this line is that every time he thinks something in his mind he has proof that he exists It is not possible to think without also existing This proof known as the Cogito is Descartes first development towards his goal of perfect knowledge Mind and Body 3 This is why it is necessary to examine this proof so that one can have a better perceptive of the Meditations meaning 3 Descartes previously gave an example dreaming and imagination displaying that we infer based on experience For even if as I have supposed none of the objects of imagination are real the power of imagination is something which really exists and is part of my thinking Descartes 180 If life is just a big dream as some hypothesize Descartes argues that then I certainly exist I am I exist is necessarily true whenever it is put forward to me or conceived by my mind 178 He means that if you are thinking about it you exist Descartes again addresses the challenge of an evil genius that might be
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