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Reading for "Cogito ergo sum"

From: Steve
Sent on: Friday, March 20, 2009 12:47 PM
Dear fellow philosophers,

By now, if you didn't already know, I hope that you figured out that "cogito ero sum" are the great mathematician and philosopher Rene Descartes' famous words which translate "I think therefore I am".

What was so revolutionary about that?
Putting thought at the center of existence meant no more automatic acceptance of the word of kings or the divine. It meant scientific method, secular culture, modern life. And centuries of struggle between the champions of faith and reason. A struggle that is hot again today. A new intellectual detective story tracks not just the ideas of Descartes but his actual bones through the philosophical battlefield and today?s headlines.

Listen to the On Point web program: Faith, reason and Descartes? bones at:

Can you learn philosophy from a comic book? Well, maybe. Check out the first ten pages of "Rene Decartes in comics" in our Plato's Cave file section. It actually portrays the major concepts of Descartes' philosophy. For a more detailed overview of Descartes, check out "Rene Descartes (overview) which is also in the files section.

I hope that you can join us for the discussion on March 29. -Steve

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