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Daemon
Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 12:00:00 AM
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Everything is self-evident.

Rene Descartes (1596-1650)
jcbarros
Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 12:55:21 AM

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Is it? Think
JohnBull
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Everything is relative; 'Everything' is relative. So is everything self-evident if you're intrinsically perceptive of tenuous niceties as Descartes obviously was one would submit.
Joseph Glantz
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I think therefore I am or is it I am therefore I think. Self-Evident?
GabhSigenod
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The only reason this is a great quote is because it is pithy.

Mise, tá mé lán de dea-fhortún.
Jean_extraterre
Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 9:47:11 AM
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As it stands, this statement appears to me being more "in the spirit" of Descartes than a literal quotation. More precisely, in his "Regulae ad directionem ingenii" ("Rules for the Direction of the Mind") (written in Latin in 1629; the original text can be found here or here) Descartes starts his comment of his "Regula II" with:

"Omnis scientia est cognitio certa et evidens"
("All science is certain and evident knowledge")

Later, in his comment on "Regula XII", he asserts
"...nempe nullas vias hominibus patere ad cognitionem certam veritatis praeter evidentem intuitum, et necassariam deductionem..."
("... there are only two routes open to humans to arrive at sound knowledge of the truth, evident intuition and necessary deduction").

For Descartes, intuition is the "undoubting conception of an unclouded and attentive mind", while deduction consists of all necessary "inference from other facts that are known with certainty." Thus, Descartes assumes that self-evident intuitions provide the knowledge of all first principles required for the next steps.
DarkMoon
Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 9:54:05 AM

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That's very interesting JeanET, thanks.

I like this one: "There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact." Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Wizz
Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 9:58:32 AM

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To put it in a more lenient manner or modern so to speak all that statement means is that "IT IS WHAT IT IS"

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