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Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy (1641) is still required reading in most university philosophy departments. Descartes' influence can also be seen in mathematics, where the Cartesian coordinate system was named after him. He is regarded as the father of analytic geometry, the link between algebra and geometry that was instrumental in the development of infinitesimal calculus and analysis. Descartes was also a pivotal figure during the Scientific Revolution. Descartes realizes that he cannot be sure that even other minds exist but he comes to a conclusion that he know one thing. That he doubts. He is sure that he exist, therefore he concluded that ‘I think therefore I exist”, or “Cogito ergo sum”. He was also the first one who formulate the mind problem, in its modern form. He is widely regarded as the founder of modern philosophy because he was among the first to reject Scholastic Aristotelianism, because he developed the first modern version of mind-body dualism, which gave rise to the mind-body problem, and because he encouraged the development of a new science based on observation and experimentation.


I, like Rene Descartes, believe that "I exist" and that I have a purpose. There are times when I question something because I am unsure whether it is correct or incorrect. But we can't tell if something is right or wrong unless we try it. We have doubts because our thinking about something encourages us to do it. And as a result of our thinking and doubting, we know the correct answer or what we should do. So I believe in Rene Descartes' statement, "I think therefore I exist,” because here we will discover what we are capable of.

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