Question by dmoats098: Is Descartes full of crap or is it just me?
I’m reading his “meditations”… he just sounds like an idiot on acid to me. Somebody please tell me why this guy was heralded as a genius!
Answer by Ω Brian Ω
It’s just you. The guy was a genius and is considered the father of modern philosophy. That doesn’t mean everything he said is correct, but he was very influential in shaping philosophy and modern science into what it is today. He is a prime example of the product of the Enlightenment period, and how it sculpted the Western world into how it is now, which you probably take for granted.
It’s also important to note that he was not a skeptic, but he used his method of Cartesian doubt to strip all knowledge away, to the bare bones of all you can know is that you exist. However, if you actually read all the of Meditations, once he hits this rock bottom, he digs his way back out and tries to prove the existence of the external world. He did believe that the coat he was wearing and the world around him was real, he just wanted to rebuild a system of knowledge from scratch since he believed that the majority of what was taught at the time, the dominating system of education, called Scholasticism, was a bunch of vague nonsense. His theory of knowledge is known today in epistemology as Foundationalism.
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