Locke Vs Descartes

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What is this thing we call knowledge? What is certain? What part of knowledge does the mind and body play in its attainment? These questions are just a few that two philosophers wanted to figure out. Rene Descartes and John Locke, both great minds of their time, both pondered these questions and came to two different conclusions. In this paper I will make an endeavor that’s probably been done any times before by other philosophers. I will attempt to compare and contrast Descartes and Locke first as philosophers and then on their philosophies of self-awareness. In terms of overall theories of knowledge I will have to side with Locke. As I explain both of their theories then you may understand why I agree with Locke. Being that both Descartes…show more content…
Earlier I mentioned about Descartes’ “Cogito Ergo Sum” phrase. In the Matrix, there are many people still trapped inside of the program that is called the matrix and each of them think just like Neo and Morpheus and they exist just like them as well. However the agents can freely take over anyone’s body at any point and time. Now I know you might have some doubts against my empiricist ideology. Especially now that I’ve brought the Matrix into the mixture. We can no doubt agree that both the film and the philosopher question reality. Also that the main characters had to analyze themselves to find and realize their truths. Their innate minds becoming more prevalent as the film and Descartes’ meditations goes on. Nevertheless let me reiterate that Descartes mainly emphases on the abstract idea of the soul. The Matrix has multiple scenes that relate the body to the mind. For example, the popular building jump scene, where Morpheus’ main line is “You have to let it all go, Neo. Fear, doubt, and disbelief, free your mind.” And Neo did not and fell down off of a building and fast forward a bit and he leaves the Matrix and appears in pain with blood in his mouth. Neo then says “I thought it wasn’t real.” to which Morpheus responds saying that “Your mind makes it real.” As a result, backing Locke’s argument about the connection to the body and the

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