Episode II: Is Philosophy Bullshit? Descartes, Radical Skepticism, and the End of Knowledge

Can we ever really know anything? In this episode, we explore Descartes’ Cogito Ergo Sum, discuss how other philosophers would have reacted to it, and whether it still makes sense today.

Some topics we’ll explore: – What did Hume and Nietzsche say about Decartes’ argument? – Is “I think therefore I am” a valid argument? – Is there anything we can know for sure? – How should we operate in the world given the reality of uncertainty? – Is philosophy bullshit, as Robert Brown asserts?

By the end of this episode, you’ll have a better understanding of what Descartes was saying, and what that means for your life.

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Recommended media:

http://selfpace.uconn.edu/class/percep/DescartesMeditations.pdf

https://webhome.phy.duke.edu/~rgb/Beowulf/axioms/axioms/node4.html

http://www.investigacoesfilosoficas.com/wp-content/uploads/01-Pritchard-2013-What-is-this-thing-called-knowledge.pdf

http://aporia.byu.edu/pdfs/monte-Sum_ergo_cogito.pdf