Reasoning Through Time: Cartesian Insights
Elliot Samuel Paul
Friday, November 3, 2017
7191 Helen C. White Hall
This reading resolves one of the most vexed questions in Cartesian scholarship: in Descartes’s cogito — “I am thinking, therefore I am” — is “I am” intuited or inferred? (The answer is both.) And drawing on recent cognitive science, Descartes was right about how much information we can focus on, and how a certain kind of memory works to supplement our focus as we reason through time.