What brought Descartes to his famous conclusion? Does his conclusion still hold today? What does it mean to us in the present?
René Descartes is often proclaimed to be the first “modern” philosopher or the inaugurator of modern philosophy. And few phrases are more well-known or central to philosophy than the famous phrase “Cogito Ergo Sum” or “I think, therefore I am”.
In this meetup I will be presenting my own synopsis of Descartes’ conclusion, a little history behind it as well as a discussion of its meaning, some of its ramifications and my own conclusions on the topic. This will be a chance to discuss the validity of Descartes’ ideas from a fresh perspective. “Descartes says” will NOT be the final word on anything other than to simply quote what he said. So be prepared for critical debate! :)
This will hopefully be the first topic in a series of member presentations where each month a different group member will give a presentation of something that interests her or him in philosophy, their own conclusions on the topic and then open the floor for discussion.
Since this will be a presentation, there are no prerequisites for this meetup other than to bring your analytic frame of mind, although the links below may be helpful:
This meeting can be up to two hours so hopefully it will give us a chance to present and debate the initial topic, go off on some tangents and give us time in the end to choose the presenter and topic for the next meetup.