Monday, February 13, 2006


Tribute To the Philosopher's Weekend

This past weekend, we celebrated the anniversary of the deaths of two very famous philosophers:

René Descartes (March 31, 1596 – February 11, 1650)
Descartes was a French philosopher, scientist, and mathematician, and is sometimes called the father of modern philosophy. He is noted with introducing rational inductive methods of science into philosophy and mathematics. He is most well known for his adage: Cogito, ergo sum, “I think, therefore I am.”

Immanuel Kant (April 22, 1724 – February 12, 1804)
Kant was a German philosopher. He is considered by many the most influential thinker of modern times. The keystone of Kant's philosophy, sometimes called critical philosophy, is contained in his Critique of Pure Reason (1781), in which he examined the bases of human knowledge and created an individual epistemology. Kant held a belief in the fundamental freedom of the individual and this carried through to his ethics (Metaphysics of Ethics, 1797). In his ethics, he posed this categorical imperative: “Act as if the maxim of your action were to become through your will a general natural law.”

More writings of Descartes and Kant.

Also: The Monty Python Bruce's Philosophers Song.

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