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Ambulo Ergo Sum

O'Brien, L; (2015) Ambulo Ergo Sum. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement , 76 pp. 57-75. 10.1017/S1358246115000090. Green open access

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Abstract

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. The paper will argue that, if I were to ask the question ‘do I have a grounds for thinking that I exist?’ the Cogito could provide for a positive answer. 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.

Type: Article
Title: Ambulo Ergo Sum
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S1358246115000090
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1358246115000090
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1507892
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