Month: March 2019

Rene Descartes continued

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Philosophy

We had two interesting discussions on Thursday based on information on Descartes in Tom Butler-Dowdon’s book, 50 Philosophy Classics. I also provided some handouts based on my research mostly on the internet. This morning’s group found Descartes famous ‘I think, therefore I am’ difficult to grasp. Also the idea that Descartes could discard all existing knowledge and experience and start again in judging what he believed to be true. Is it really possible to imagine […]

Not a night person anymore!

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mistakes

I realised this morning that I completely messed up on my previous post. Thanks to those who ‘liked’ it anyway! In the past I was always at my best in the evenings – did my best work when I was studying etc. Time to review this I am afraid. My previous post was about Machiavelli but I had the heading of Descartes. I don’t think they have much in common – especially the ‘ends justifies […]

Machiavelli Continued …

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We had two lively discussions last Thursday on Machiavelli. He is mostly remembered for the words “the ends justify the means” but I don’t believe he actually ever used those words specifically. In his book, The Prince,┬áhe develops something of an instruction manual for a Prince who is about to lead his kingdom. There are around ten people in each group competing to share their ideas. I try hard to let everyone have a chance […]