Meditation II – of the Nature of the Human mind; and that it is Easier to Know than the Body
- I am; I exist (I think therefore I am – Discourse)
- This proposition is necessarily true every time I express it
- The mere fact that I am able to doubt my own existence means that I am here to doubt and thus I must exist.
- This is the point of foundation that Descartes will no build upon
- Surely it must be true that any thought requires a thinker, what exactly would ‘just’ a thought be? Every attribute must have a substance.
- Hume said when he inspected his thoughts he was aware of no ‘I’
- Pre-supposes an ‘I’ to exist, the premise contains the conclusion.
- Lictenburg – ‘there are thoughts, therefore thoughts’
- Surely if he was being a through sceptic the evil demon could deceive him about this
- Take a piece…