Learn the philosophy of the Eternal Truths with iMinds insightful audio knowledge series. Eternal truths are ideas that are not proved or demonstrated, but are nonetheless believed due to their apparent self-evidence. Acceptance of such facts is believed to come about through reason. Those who believe in eternal truths define them as ideas or statements so undeniable that proof is unnecessary. For example, the sentence, “I think, therefore I am”, is an eternal truth, as no further proof of existence is required. The very fact that we think, shows that we exist.
One of the foremost European scholars of the Enlightenment was René Descartes, who lived from 1596 until 1650. Descartes wrote extensively on eternal truths, and laid the foundation for many scholars to follow. Descartes described eternal truths as knowledge that could be attained without scientific method. He believed that some things are so evidently true that all reasonable people believe them as facts.
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Back in the 17th century, René Descartes famously declared, "I think, therefore I am." This is perhaps the most well-known of what we’ve come to call universal truths. In this program, performed by the engaging Ellouise Rothwell, listeners will get an easy-to-follow introduction to the idea of universal truths, Descartes’ role in shaping our understanding of universal truths, and how they influence our way of thinking. Thorough, yet concise, this program is a perfect companion for your morning commute or trip to the gym.
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