Examining the Cartesian Method, the Kantian Paradigm & Otto’s Category of “the Holy.”

Bishop's Encyclopedia of Religion, Society and Philosophy

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The Cartesian Method

Rene Descartes (1596-1650), often recognized as the first of the modern philosophers, proposed a particular epistemological framework within Meditations on First Philosophy (1641) and Principles of Philosophy (1644). These principles are what have established the basis for intellectual inquiry in the following centuries. Descartes’ most significant philosophical contribution pertained to doubt which he employed as a method to obtain truth. He wished to discover a foundational basis which could withstand critical scrutiny, and on which he could also construct knowledge. Descartes discounted whatever he possibly could, and following his method consistently, he found he could doubt that of which most people consider reasonable. This included one’s own sensory experience, the existence of the external world, and the objects within it. There was an exception to this, however, as Descartes reasoned that one could not reasonably doubt one’s own existence for if one did then who would be…

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