30 MAY 2011 by ideonexus

 Why Descartes Matters

His metaphysics, as ingenious and new as his physics, had approximately the same fate; and it is with approximately the same reasons that we can justify it. For such is today the fortune of this great man that after having had countless followers he is practically reduced to a few apologists. He was without doubt mistaken in assuming the existence of innate ideas: but if he had retained from the peripatetic sect [the Aristotelians] the only truth that they taught about the origin of ideas in ...
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Descartes is mocked for looking for innate ideas in the mind, but this is a minor infraction for the revelation he provided that we cannot trust our senses in any way.