René Descartes (1596-1650)

posted May 21, 2010, 10:27 AM by Professor Katz   [ updated May 23, 2010, 2:48 AM ]
The contribution of Descartes to philosophy was enormous, and his work changed the way we view the world.  'I think, therefore I am' was the least impressive part, and even in his own time people pointed out the flaws in his argument.  Indeed, there are some historians of philosophy who argue that the circularity of his statements, so out of character for such a brilliant thinker, proves that 'I think, therefore I am' is just a giant leg-pull, a philosopher's joke.
For more on Descartes, watch this rather clever short film, if you have three minutes to spare and:
  1. if you can understand someone who speaks so fast
  2. if you can comprehend an Australian accent
  3. if you can stand hearing someone use the F-word so often (and I'm not talking about 'philosophy', which actually begins with a P)

And as long as we're on the subject of Descartes and a possible philosopher's joke, for the WORST joke ever invented, and by a philosopher and about Descartes davka, did you hear the one about how Descartes goes into a bar and orders a beer...?