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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Christina Markee
Section 13 Group 2
Philosophy Final Project
Part 1 of 4


            When I signed up for this class back in April the main reason why I chose to explore this particular topic was because I've never had the opportunity to take a philosophy class before. I've always heard people talk about it and it seemed to be a very interesting topic. As any new comer would be to a class like this, I wondered well, what philosophy means. Philosophy is “love of wisdom,” it is also a way of thinking. Since this class I've decided that I've become much more philosophic. I've learned a lot about different philosophers and their different philosophies on aspects of life.
The first philosopher to intrigue me was Rene Descartes and his philosophy on dreaming. I like to attempt to setup my dreams before I fall asleep, in hopes I can create what I would like to dream about. Sure, I've had the same thing happen that Rene mentions in the first part of his “Could You Be Dreaming?” section of the Little History of Philosophy book. Most of the time I dream I am late for something, and usually wake up and realize I still have two hours to sleep. I've multiple false awakens through my years as an adult.

            Descartes created a method known as the Method of Cartesian Doubt meaning, don’t accept anything as true if there is the slightest possibility that it isn't. I think this plays into dreaming. You could dream that something is happening, but if you don’t know for sure whether or not it happened, then it is not true. Descartes also made mention that something that doesn't exist can’t have thoughts. ‘I think, therefore I am,’ was Descartes’ conclusion. If you believe you are something, then you are. If you are thinking, then it proves that you exist. This began the Cartesian Dualism, the idea that your mind is separate from the body and interacts with it. Dualism means there are two types of things being the mind as one, and the body as the other. In the end Descartes realized that the world is more or less as we go through and experience it.

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