Ambulo Ergo Sum
O'Brien (Lucy)
Source: O'Hear (Anthony), Ed. - Mind, Self and Person
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Author’s Abstract

  1. It is an extraordinary thing that Descartes' famous Cogito argument is still being puzzled over; this paper is another fragment in an untiring tradition of puzzlement.
  2. The paper will argue that, if I were to ask the question 'do I have grounds for thinking that I exist?' the Cogito could provide for a positive answer.
  3. In particular, my aim in this is to argue, in opposition to recent discussion by John Campbell, that there is a way of construing conscious thinking on which the Cogito can be seen to provide a non-question begging argument for one's own existence.


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