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Single Idea 6929

[catalogued under 11. Knowledge Aims / B. Certain Knowledge / 5. The Cogito]

Full Idea

Modern philosophy set the thinking being, the ego, and the self-conscious mind in the place of the merely ideated being, in place of God.


'Ideated' means being merely an idea

Gist of Idea

Modern philosophy set the self-conscious ego in place of God


report of René Descartes (Meditations [1641]) by Ludwig Feuerbach - Principles of Philosophy of the Future §37

Book Reference

Feuerbach,Ludwig: 'Principles of the Philosophy of the Future', ed/tr. Vogel,Manfred [Hackett 1986], p.55

A Reaction

Descartes would be shocked by this interpretation, but God comes third in his logical priorities, after the existence of his ego, and its reliance on what is clear and distinct.