1. Rene Descartes, Rules for the Direction of the Mind, in The Philosophical Writings of Descartes, vol. 1 trans. John Cottingham, Robert Stoothoff, and Dugald Murdoch (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985), 7-76.2. __________, Discourse on Method 4th ed. trans. Donald A. Cress (Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, 1998).Edit: I quickly have learned that this is superficial, introduction reading. When I can quote philosophical fragments like I can Scripture I will be on par with Dr. Sepper. He passionately claimed that the Medievals are bullshitting us. Aristotelian phantasms were never meant to abstract a form. They were merely the place where we see the forms. Then he practically threw down his book in disgust concerning a Latin translation. Fun class? Indeed.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
On Descartes and Purpose
I've just spent the entire day reading Rules for the Direction of the Mind and Discourse on Method. And, I finished the reading and understand what he is saying. However, I sit here and ask, "so what?"