I need help with Socrates and Descartes

<p>So...finals week is kicking my ass, and I had to start writing this paper on the night before it's due. It's on Descartes and Socrates, and yeah...I don't know if any of you have studied them at any length, but if you know anything that would be helpful, pleeeease post.</p>

<p>The paper is arguing that Descartes' method of arriving at truth/knowledge is better than that of Socrates. My main reasoning is that with Descartes, his method is based on pure fact and he eventually at least gets an answer, but Socrates uses hypothetical examples, and often ends up in the same place he started.</p>

<p>Unfortunately, this is not meeting the page length, and I need more angles to this. So yeah, again, if any of you have studied this/have an opinion or idea about it, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE tell me.</p>

<p>I'm not trying to rip anyone off or plagiarize, I just need to open my mind to other possible arguments, and my brain is pretty much fried at this point.</p>

<p>Thank you.</p>

<p>I just learned in my law class that Descartes is the father of modern rationalism, if that's of any help...</p>

<p>as far as what you aks goes, i'll say what i know off the toppa my head:</p>

<p>Hes regarded as the first thinker to provide a framework for natural sciences as they began to develop, and he advocated he advocaed something called methodological skepticism (i think ) where he claims ideas are real and cannot be neglected? </p>

<p>we just ended finals, so man do i feel good. but do more research about methodological skepticism and i think you can formulate something on that. later.</p>

<p>Thanks, that is helpful. :)</p>

<p>Not too sure about Socrates, but for Descartes check out the meditations. He arrives at truth by convincing himself that everything he knows is false and starts with building blocks such as 2+2=4 is true since it's an abstract notion, etc.</p>

<p>The problem with Descartes is that many of the conclusions he reaches are flat-out wrong, and many of his arguments are flawed.</p>