Saturday, January 15, 2011

Cogito Ergo Sum

  Dubito, ergo cogito, ergo sum

Meditations on First Philosophy


René Descartes (15961650)

"Cogito, ergo sum" (Latin: "I think, therefore I am") or Dubito, ergo cogito, ergo sum (Latin: "I doubt, therefore I think, therefore I am") is a philosophical statement used by René Descartes, which became a foundational element of Western philosophy. Descartes' original statement was in fact "Cogito ergo sum", as Descartes wrote in Latin, then the language of science in Europe. It is, however, often translated into his native French as "Je pense donc je suis.". The phrase occurs in his Discourse on Method (1637). (See Principles of Philosophy, Part 1, article 7: "Ac proinde hæc cognitio, ego cogito, ergo

Descartes’ refutation of
radical skepticism

 Cogito, ergo sum
(Latin: "I think, therefore I am")
Dubito, ergo cogito, ergo sum
(Latin:"I doubt,therefore I think,therefore I am")
Discourse on Method (1637)

Usually translated from the Latin as 'I think, therefore I am'.

Possibly the best known of all philososophical quotations; this is from the French philosopher René Descartes in Discourse on Method, 1637, where he attempted to prove his existence as a thinking being, by thinking. 'I think, therefore I am' comes to us in English via two translations. Descartes' original statement in French was "Je pense, donc je suis". This is such a well-known line that it has spawned humourous alternatives, not least:

"I'm pink, therefore I'm spam"
"René Descartes was a drunken fart - I drink therefore I am".

Descartes (1596-1650)

The first great modern philosopher, depending on who you ask…

“…there was no such learning in the world as I had been 
 led to hope.”Doubt everything

Physicist of great repute, created analytic geometry,a faithful 
 Catholic who wanted the church to pay attention in a time of 

Cogito Ergo Sum

I think therefore I am

•Everything could be questioned, but what is the one constant?
 Self awareness.

•Wherever you go, there you are.

•Through this certainty he tried to prove God exists.   

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