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Cogito?: Descartes and Thinking the World

Joseph Almog


Decartes' maxim Cogito, Ergo Sum (from his Meditations) is perhaps the most famous philosophical expression ever coined. The author of this book, Joseph Almog, is a Descartes scholar whose last book What Am I? focused on the second half of this expression asking who is the “I”, who is thinking, and how does this entity somehow incorporate both body and mind? This book looks at the first half of the proposition — cogito. The book calls this the “thinking man's paradox”: how can there be, in and part of the natural world, a creature that thinks? Descartes' proposition declares that such a fact m ... More

Keywords: Descartes, Meditations, I, body and mind, paradox, think

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195337716
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337716.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph Almog, author
Professor Philosophy, UCLA