The Descartes 's View On The Mind Of Thinking Essay

1192 Words Aug 13th, 2014 5 Pages
How would you feel if everything you encountered in life, you were apprehensive about? Most people would consider you paranoid or eccentric, but this was exactly what the philosopher Descartes was accredited for. In Sophie’s World by Joseph Gaarder, Descartes is one of the philosophers discussed and one who I dissented with. I comprehend his way of thinking, but I do not necessarily agree to it. Descartes’s thought development followed a series of points I disagreed with – senses may not be reliable, there are two classifications of reality, and a perfect entity has to exist being as the idea is already in the mind.
When Descartes was theorizing on how the mind influences the body, he declared human senses cannot be trusted seeing as they can be deceived. This was as a result of dreams and how if someone is dreaming, that person feels as if he is experiencing reality. I understand where he was coming from provided that it is true that dreams are deceiving, but saying the senses are not credible at all seems exaggerated. He says “’”When I consider this carefully, I find not a single property which with certainty separates the waking state from the dream. . . How can you be certain that your whole life is not a dream?”’” (235; ch.18). I believe Descartes claiming the senses are not trustworthy because we are not positive if life is a dream or not, is stretching it a bit too far. This would suggest that everybody is living in the same dream, given that we are obviously all in…

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