Cogito ergo sum: an introduction to Rene Descartes

‘I think, therefore I am’, may well be the most winged statement in the history of philosophy, but do we really know what is meant by it? And moreover, what do we know about the person who stated it: the philosopher, scientist and mathematician Rene Descartes?

Why should every academic know his/her thoughts and works? By whom has he/she been influenced and whom has he/she influenced him/herself? All this and more will be crystal clear after you have witnessed this lecture by Dr. Han Thomas Adriaenssen. He is one of the most talented young philosophers in The Netherlands. He is a specialist in the Medieval roots of the thinking of Descartes and was chosen three times as ‘teacher of the year’ at the Faculty of Philosophy at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.

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