Discourse on the Method


Discourseon the Method

Discourseon the Method

Descarteswork has some surprise endings in the. The first occurs when he movesfrom one line of thought to the other during his meditation. Forexample, Descartes imagines about himself and the things he knowswell. The next line of thought relates to his relationship with hisbrain, and he argues based on the concept of brainwork. For example,he argues that the practical part of life entails moments, whenpeople deal with situations they believe are true just as if theywere untrue. Here he talks about the assumptions people make tosucceed in their daily life (Bennett, 2007).

Consequently,Descartes states that it is possible to configure the brain intobelieving that everything that he saw was untrue. He argues that itis possible to set the mind into believing anything. However, helater discovers that there is a difference between the thinking partof him and the body. He argued that the thought was made of the soul,while the existing part was made of the soul and the body.Consequently, there is no way that he may configure his brain intothinking that everything he was told did not exist. Descartes arguesthat the mere idea of thinking creates existence (Bennett, 2007).

Descartesis perfectly successful in convincing the reader to accept a surpriseending by how he interconnects the ideas. For example, at one point,Descartes is describing the relationship between triangles.Consequently, he relates the concept of triangles in that they do notexist. People believe in triangles since they were someone’simagination in the past. Now, he connects the idea of believing inGod. He says that God exists since he was in someone’s mind at onetime in the past. The reader does not notice the ending immediatelybut after some time. The shifting becomes surprising due to theinterrelationship between the current idea and the previous (Bennett,2007).


Bennett,J., (2007). Rulesfor the direction of the mind Discourse on the method Meditationson first philosophy.Chicago: Encyclopædia Britannica.