Sum, Ergo Sum

In discussing Descartes’s Meditations on First Philosophy in class today, we considered the idea that the famous statement, “Cogito, ergo sum” is not a logical syllogism which starts with a premise and ends with a conclusion. Instead, this statement is more of an observation; the fact that I am thinking already includes the fact of my existence; in a sense, the conclusion is contained in the premise. Some would call this circular. I call it presuppositionalism.

Consider the statement, “Reality  is logical, therefore God exists.” I would argue that this statement is similar in that it is not a statement of logic which starts with a premise (or presupposition) and ends with a conclusion. The existence of God is the presupposition antecedent to logical reality. The statement does not depend on logic for its conclusion, and logic is not the presupposition.

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