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A New Conciousness

A New Consciousness (12/2006)

If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. –Rene Descartes

We do not know what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are – that is the fact. –Jean-Paul Sartre

In his most famous affirmation, Descartes (1596-1650) said “Cogito ergo sum” (“I think, therefore I am”). This is to say that essence precedes existence and humans may doubt existence all they want, but one cannot doubt the thinking consciousness. In comparison, Existentialists reject this theory and assert that the ultimate reality is, according to Martin Heidegger (1889-1976), “being in the world.”  In other words, existence precedes essence and humans are given a world to their consciousness. These profound realities both hold weight in their logic but are in exact opposition. Which is correct? Continue reading

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