Experience of Truth Essay

626 Words Nov 30th, 2015 3 Pages
Experience of Truth While both Philosophers, Rene Descartes a rationalist and David Hume an empiricist had vastly different views on where the bulk of individual knowledge is gained. Both had the power of persuasiveness of opinion that could become conceivably believable if while reading their writings, a reader does not keep in perspective that it is their (the writer) belief. Descartes believed in a priori knowledge and that ration and experience would aid a person’s ability in seeking truth. He chose not to rely on senses for fear of trickery. Descartes described himself as “a thing that thinks” (30). Hume, years later did not agree. He believed in a posteriori knowledge that senses are based on past experiences and they are more …show more content…
Another point that I agree with is the fact that ideas are not original. Many people believe in “”Big Foot” or the “Yeti”, we make up these monsters from previous images such as bears and polar bears. Children do the same thing using their imagination to create imaginary friends, by putting together attributes of people they know. They have a playmate, teacher, parent and confidant all combined into one “real” person. From experience a person is able to relate to the difference between “matters of fact” and “relation of ideas”. With relation of ideas, we assume that everything is a constant. Individual’s plan their lives around various times of the day, such as the fact that 5:00pm always comes before 6:00pm.The theory of time can be contradicted because of daylight savings, time zone changes or leap year. With the idea of matters of fact, one must prove through experience that things are true. There has never been a true sighting of Big Foot, Yeti or UFO’s. This shows because there is no experience of such phenomenon they are not matters of fact, just one’s imagination at work. Although Descartes’ theory of reasoning is convincing, Hume’s idea of reasoning through experience makes a more compelling argument. Like Neo in the movie “The Matrix”, he chose the red pill over the blue pill opting for the truth in experience and reason opposed to not experiencing the true reality of life with exposure.
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