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FirstChild’s History of Philosophy #2

Posted by Laurence on February 3, 2009

My first post on this fascinating subject is here. I think we were at Descartes. Descartes was one of those guys who is known as a “Renaissance man” – mainly because he was a man, and he lived during the Renaissance. Now after the Dark Ages he invented modern philosophy.

He did this by doubting the existence of everything he could think of, including easy stuff like Belgium and working his way up to tricky stuff like French toast, and even marie biscuits. The only thing he couldn’t doubt was that there was something doing some doubting and this fact conveniently let him prove everything he wanted to prove including the Cartesian co-ordinate system.

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