Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Cogito, Ergo Blog

We have a new favorite radio show – Philosophy Talk, an hour-long program that airs locally on KALW (FM). Today’s show focused on "one of the great moments in philosophy": Rene Descartes's Discourse on Method, the 17th century philosopher's harrowing journey into doubt, which happily concludes with the most famous of Latin quotes, “cogito ergo sum” (“I think therefore I am”). Hosts Ken Taylor and John Perry (professors at Stanford University's Department of Philosophy) agreed on at least one point: despite the Frenchman’s political motives – to keep the Catholic Church at bay by constructing a reason-based (versus faith-based) foundation for accepting the existence of God -- the cogito (they actually say things like that; it's like Car Talk for the soul) is a reminder to everyone to take that occasional retreat, and subject your most cherished assumptions to doubt. A fitting lesson for the age of new media.... And yes, of course, the show does have a blog.

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