- What does Descartes mean by the statement: "there is only
one truth of each thing."?
- Which of his four steps in Discourse 2 is most difficult?
- How does Descartes ultimately acquire certainty of anything?
- What is Descartes' ultimate goal?
- What causes us to change our minds? What causes us to realize that we are wrong?
- What would be Descartes' first axiom in the world of things knowable?
- Draw a picture of his conception of the whole of knowledge.
- Scan the Rules for the Direction of the Mind. Select one that you wish to discuss in class.
- Describe the steps that lead up to Descartes' "cogito." What
- What is required in order to be a sceptic? What are the
risks and benefits?
- What if there exists no "I"?
- How does Descartes know that there is something besides
Descartes? That there is a God?
- Is it possible to invent a new color?
- How are we to determine whether we are dreaming?
- What is the most important lesson for Descartes w/r/t to the
- What happens to our world if there is no human thought/thinking?
- What is objective reality? formal reality?
- Where does reality reside?
- What is the connection between objective reality and
- What is the difference between essence and existence? between an idea and an object?
- Where does God reside?
- What is the essence of Descartes' proof of God's existence? How does he pull it off?
This is worth your time:
Rules for the Direction of the Mind
Short Writing - Due Electronically by September 3
Write one page on either a) What is Real? or b)
What does it mean to be Cartesian?
Aim for creative thought.
Bring your own Cartesian questions.
Which is more important: avoiding error or finding truth?
How do we know that corporeal objects exist?
Why does Descartes treat this problem at the end?
Explain Descartes' conceptualization of sin.
In what way is imperfection a part of God's perfection?
What is the connection between the corporeal world and objective/formal reality?