“If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.” – Descartes

This quote was made by Rene Descartes also known by “father of modern philosophy”. I think a lot of Descartes quotes are interesting but this one caught my eye, you can’t always go with something someone told you. Sometimes you have to doubt the information given to you and find out the facts for yourself.

Descartes thought since we all come from different backgrounds and have different beliefs and judgments; it is hard to come to an agreement on things. So in order to come to an agreement on issues such as truth, we have to avoid the problem of who is right and why, Descartes tries to come up with a method that can be used by anyone. If we begin with principles that we all acknowledge as correct, we can use this method to come to an agreement about what is true.

I think that if people didn’t doubt, then a lot of people would get ripped off and we wouldn’t have the right of freedom. Because if nobody doubted anything then we’d still be living in the Middle Ages, when the pope was head of the church and was very powerful. Because of doubt, we found science, and with science we’ve accomplished so much. What do you think?


Postat av: Victoria

Wow such a splendid article! So many good thoughts in few words, nice job Ronja!

I really like Descartes quote. I think that we have to doubt, as he says, at least once. It would not be good to doubt everything all the time, because then I think we would be too unsure to even dare to develop as a society.

But indeed, I think you have to doubt as far as possible everything. I mean, no one can really tell you which religion is the right one. Bu doubting everything it would mean that you'd have to doubt your own existence. To come to a truth to that question you'd have to apply some sort of religion or conception of life. And by that I think that you could find out what you really think is true yourself!


2011-04-15 @ 11:27:31
Postat av: Ronja

I agree, you can't doubt everything. Because then it would be really hard to form a working society.

But I did read that everything can be doubted, except for one thing - your own existence. By doubting your own existence, your thinking. And if your thinking then you must exist.

Thankyou =)

2011-04-18 @ 20:33:51

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