Monday, September 9, 2013
Enlightenment 17 -18 Century
Medieval period – All truths have been discovered.
1. Bible [writings of God]
2. Writings of Plato and Aristotle [reason]
Goals: 1. Understand the texts
2. Establish balance ------|------
These are both called exegeses.
Trigger for the Enlightenment: 1. Rejected the past
2. Science & Mathematics
Secret to Success: A method of obtaining knowledge.
Descartes believed he was the first revolutionary. “Follow what I say and you will get it right.”
How to study the self: Look at the faculties of knowledge, intuition, and intellect.
Descartes arguments: 1. There must be a set of thought in the mind that creates philosophical
2. There is a criteria of knowledge.
3. What are the limits of the human knowledge?
Anybody could acquire the amount of knowledge as anybody. (We all have the same
pieces to our mind and thus we are able to do the same things).
The uninitiated cannot gain the knowledge. (Senses cannot reveal God).
One must abandon their body (senses) in order to gain knowledge.
Question: How does one remedy sensory prejudice?
Answer: Senses cannot reveal knowledge. Nothing the senses