Descartean Reasoning

Entertainment / Literature / Descartean Reasoning: Logic of the sort championed by French philosopher René Descarte (1596-1650). This logic involves (1) a dualistic split between the mind and physical matter, and (2) radical doubt concerning the evidence of the senses. Descarte attempted to prove the existence of himself, the physical world, and God without appealing to any sensory evidence at all. His initial step is the logical statement, cogito, ergo sum (I think, therefore I am'). By this statement, Descarte indicates that the act of thinking by itself shows the thinker cannot be illusory, i.e., one cannot trick a non-existent being into thinking it exists when it doesn't. The mere fact an 'I' exists to ask the question of its existence conclusively proves the 'I' must really be present behind the thought.

Other Words for Reasoning

Reasoning Adjective Synonyms: thinking, logic, analysis, rationalization
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Inductive Reasoning

Business / Finance / Inductive Reasoning: A tax return filed by an individual to account for their personal income and taxes payable. MORE

Descartean Reasoning

Entertainment / Literature / Descartean Reasoning: Logic of the sort championed by French philosopher René Descarte (1596-1650). This logic involves (1) a dualistic split between the mind and physical matter, and (2) radical doubt concerning the evid MORE

Deductive Reasoning

Business / Finance / Deductive Reasoning: An expense that is allowable as a reduction of gross taxable income by the IRS e.g., charity donations. MORE

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