Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Close Approach to Certainty

Cartesian, adj. Relating to Descartes, a famous philosopher, author of the celebrated dictum, Cogito ergo sum - whereby he was pleased to suppose he demonstrated the reality of human existence. The dictum might be improved, however, thus: Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum - "I think that I think, therefore I think that I am;" as close an approach to certainty as any philosopher has yet made.


Joe Rawls said...

"Rene Descartes was a drunken fart, I drink, therefore I am".

Monty Python, Australian Philosophers' Song.

plsdeacon said...

I remember a book called "The Porcine History of Theology and Philosophy." It contained pictures of pigs doing theological/philosophical things. For example, it showed a pig jumping off of a diving board with the slogan "A Kirgegardian Pig taking a leap of faith." My favorite was a pig standing in front of a cartesian coordinate graph with a dot on it and saying "Cogito ergo Cartesius est" The caption read: "A cartesian pig who has somehow missed the point."

Of course my take on Descartes is "Cogito ergo sum, cogito." I think therefore I am, I think.

Phil Snyder

Joe Rawls said...

Were these pigs the theological consultants for the last General Convention?