Friday, December 7, 2012

"I think, therefore I am."

Descartes once said, "I think, therefore I am." Descartes was a big proponent of deductive thinking and reasoning. This type of thinking was used a lot in the sciences, and is still used a lot today, in almost every aspect of life. I feel that the Old Woman and Cacambo were definitely deductive thinkers and Voltaire for sure portrayed his support of this type of thinking in his "Candide". Through the use of the characters Cacambo and the Old Woman and their pragmatism. They are practically thinking individuals who make decisions on what to do based on the situation they are in. Whatever is best for them or the people around them at the time they do. They do not try to "fluff" things up regarding their life stories and what they see happening in society. They are "straight-shooters" and I think the reason Voltaire uses them in his novella is to show his readers that sometimes in life, people have to be like Cacambo and the Old Woman.

1 comment:

Madeline Davis said...

I agree completely. The old woman and Cacambo both make decisions based on deductions and lessons from their personal experiences. Things are scientifically proven by doing research, testing different things out, and seeing what works and what doesn't. Cacambo and the old woman remain within reason and rely on their personal "research" to determine their chosen courses of action throughout life.