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Plato and Descartes Approach to Truth In a world where values create the rule of life the truth rarely takes precedence in priority of importance This does not change the thirst for truth that every person possesses or the need for truth in order to have peace of mind Descartes and Plato are two philosophers who both knew truth was out there but chose entirely different ways to approach it Descartes puts forth a procedure to discover the truth of existence Platos method on the other hand suggests a method of transformation and some sort of dying in order to find truth The difference of approach to truth separates Plato and Descartes For Descartes in order for truth to exist God has to exist so he sets out to logically prove Gods existence His first step to prove the existence of God is to doubt everything By doubting away everything he can find the one thing that can not be doubted The first thing to consider is his existence He questions if he really exists as he realizes that it did not matter if God or even truth exists if he did not exist at all Descartes quickly realizes that the fact that he questions his existence he has to exist hence his famous quote ego cogito After establishing his necessary existence Gods existence is in question He perceives that if a finite and dependent being like himself can even think of an infinite and independent being such a being must exist Therefore God exists Descartes proves the existence of God and from this point he can deal with the idea of truth Having established a God the nature of God comes into question What if God is an evil genius If he is deceived by the evil genius God then he cannot know the truth He settles this problem by saying
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