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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 2:57 am 
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Hi all

I need the exact reference for "I know therefore I am". It was in Descartes Discourse on Method but may also have been in Cottingham's book The Cambridge Companion to Descartes 1992. I need anorigial reference for a paper please. Anyone?


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Je pense, donc je suis (I think, therefore I am )~Rene Descartes from Le Discourse de la Methode, part 4 (1637). Since Latin was the language of the day, the form, "Cogito, ergo sum" appears in the Latin edition (1641) and became more famous.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 5:05 am 
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Sorry, by reference I meant page number and details of the Descarte book which is often quoted withoout the page number - I am submitting a paper and cannot find the details.


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It really wasn't much of a "book" and hardly more than a pamphlet. It had six parts and is not very long, so you might not see any further notation as to specifics such as a page number that may not have existed.
Check out the original French version at
http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/etcbin/br ... nch-parsed
I am making assumptions here, so could be very wrong about this.
Here is a picture of the front page
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 1:07 am 
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Thanks for your help.


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