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The Myth of Self, Part II

The Myth of Self, Part II

In a previous post I sketched the meaning and uses of the modern idea of the self. One important source of this idea is Rene Descartes. For Descartes, the ideas of the self emerges from his application of critical, methodical doubt to his own experience. The upshot of this method is the conviction, that the fundamental, indubitable reality of each human person is the self, expressed in Descartes’ famous assertion, “I think therefore I am.”

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The Myth of Self

The Myth of Self

In a previous post I discussed the importance of Rene Descartes in shaping modern philosophy and much of the modern world. This is evident from two of his most important ideas: (a) the endorsement of radical doubt and (b) the conception of the self. I have already critiqued Descartes’ endorsement of radical doubt. In this post I want to analyze the Cartesian idea of the “self” or inner ego — one of the most prevalent

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Episode 70: 5 Philosophical Principles for Life

Episode 70: 5 Philosophical Principles for Life

5 Philosophical Principles for Life In this solocast, Dr. Smith discusses 5 philosophical and practical principles to guide life. He covers:5 Principles for Practical Living– Philosophy is a way of life– Augustine, Christianity, and Philosophy– The Interior Life– 1. Do not react– 2. Do not judge– 3. Attend to yourself– 4. Attend to the present– 5. Accept all from God Click here to support the work of CSA – catholicstudiesacademy.com/donate-to-csa/     Please subscribe to our

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Why Trust is Superior to Doubt: Overcoming Modernity

Why Trust is Superior to Doubt: Overcoming Modernity

WHY TRUST IS SUPERIOR TO DOUBT Anyone who has a passing familiarity with modern philosophy, will recognize the name Rene Descartes. Indeed, it is not too much to say that he is one of the founding fathers of modernity. This is evident from two of his most important ideas: (a) the endorsement of radical doubt and (b) the conception of the “inner self.” These ideas deeply impacted the early modern Enlightenment and continue to shape

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Art, Education, and Perfection

Art, Education, and Perfection

Often those of us who have benefited from a classical education bemoan the decline of the liberal arts in education, but fail to provide a clear rational for its value. Worse still, sometimes we seek to justify the liberal arts in pragmatic, capitalist, or utilitarian terms, which actually fosters an attitude that is inimical to the real value of the liberal arts. To be sure, the liberal arts are useful, but they are not merely

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