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Cogito, Ergo Sum   By: (1919-2008)

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Cogito, Ergo Sum by John Foster West is a captivating and thought-provoking book that delves into the intricate realms of philosophy and the nature of human existence. In this remarkable work, West takes the reader on a captivating journey, exploring the depths of consciousness, knowledge, and the very essence of what it means to be alive.

What sets this book apart is West's ability to make complex philosophical concepts accessible to readers from all backgrounds. His prose is clear, concise, and engaging, allowing the reader to grasp abstract ideas with ease. From the very first page, I found myself drawn into a world of intellectual inquiry and contemplation.

Cogito, Ergo Sum consistently challenges conventional wisdom and presents new perspectives on familiar topics. West skillfully combines his vast knowledge of philosophy, history, and literature to present a well-rounded argument that compels readers to question their own beliefs and assumptions. Throughout the book, he masterfully weaves together insights from renowned philosophers such as Descartes, Kant, and Nietzsche, enriching the narrative with diverse viewpoints.

The book also examines the role of reason and skepticism in shaping our understanding of reality. West invites readers to critically reflect on their own thought processes and explore the limitations of human perception. Through engaging anecdotes and thought experiments, he probes the importance of self-awareness and encourages individuals to question their own biases and preconceived notions.

Furthermore, Cogito, Ergo Sum addresses the broader implications of philosophical discourse and its impact on society. West sheds light on the historical significance of philosophical ideas and the profound influence they have on shaping cultural, political, and ethical frameworks. This broader perspective adds depth and relevance to the book, making it not only an exploration of philosophy but also a reflection on the human condition.

One aspect that stands out in Cogito, Ergo Sum is the author's ability to seamlessly meld abstract concepts with concrete examples from everyday life. West effortlessly connects philosophical theories to relatable situations, allowing readers to see the practical applications of these ideas. This approach bridges the gap between theory and practice, making the book engaging and relatable to a wide audience.

In conclusion, Cogito, Ergo Sum is a captivating exploration of philosophy and the nature of human existence. John Foster West's ability to fuse complex concepts with accessible prose makes this book an indispensable resource for anyone interested in philosophy or seeking to deepen their understanding of the human mind. Engaging, thought-provoking, and beautifully written, it is a must-read for both scholars and casual readers alike.

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Are the Spirit and the Flesh one and the same thing? Or are they separate entities, dependent and at the same time independent of each other? Perhaps some great Cosmic Law holds this secret. But the one Universal Element that we can depend upon, apparently, is The Lucky Accident.

cogito, ergo sum

by ... John Foster West

A warped instant in Space and two egos are separated from their bodies and lost in a lonely abyss.

I think, therefore I am. That was the first thought I had. Of course not in the same symbols, but with the same meaning.

I awakened, or came alive, or came into existence suddenly, at least my mental consciousness did. "Here am I," I thought, "but what am I, why am I, where am I?"

I had nothing to work with except pure reason. I was there because I was not somewhere else. I was certain I was there and that was the extent of my knowledge at the moment.

I looked about me no, I reasoned about me. I was surrounded by nothingness, by black nothingness, a vacuum. Immense distances away I could detect light; or rather, I could perceive waves of force passing around me which originated at points vast distances away, vast in relation to my position in the nothingness.

There were waves of force all about me, varying in frequency... Continue reading book >>




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