Analysis Of Rene Descartes: The Father Of God

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Rene Descartes, often times referred to as the father of modern thought, believed that our philosophy as humans should be based solely on reason. This meaning, that if something cannot rationally be explained, then it must be false. Descartes argued that by using reason to establish philosophy, two types of existents were present, necessary and contingent, and that one must first call into question their previous beliefs in order to gain a proper philosophy. This questioning of beliefs came to be known as the methodic doubt. Descartes first type of existents, necessary existent, is kind of self-explanatory. Meaning that it is necessary for something to exist, or that it must exist. Contingent existent, the second type, means that something can not exist. Meaning that it is not necessary for something to exist in either its past or present. An example of a contingent existent could be a flower because before the flower existed, it did not exist, as well as, at some point the flower is going to die, and will no longer exist. The flower is contingent because…show more content…
Everything Descartes brought to the field of philosophy including necessary and contingent existents are not possible without rationalism. If one can’t rationally justify what these two existents are, then why use them at all. Descartes rationalism again shows in his application of Methodic Doubt. If one does not doubt everything, then one cannot reach that answers or the philosophy that they are actually looking for. If someone is so set on the ways, titles, or definition of being that something is, and does not doubt it at all, then that person has failed at seeing the object or statement in its reasonable form. Thus, rationalism became the key to Descartes methodology, as well as a fundamental role within not only the field of philosophy, but within other fields as

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