Leibniz: I think, therefore there is an I The true meaning of Descartes' famous dictum, "I think, therefore I am" can be clarified further by restating it using Leibniz' model of being (essence+existent) if the proposition is restated as "I think, therefore there is an I", or equivalently as "I perceive, therefore there is an I", or in fact any proposition containing a the subject "I" and a verb.
Such propositions are simple intentional acts by the mind, not the brain, where "I" is the essence or monad of the existent brain, which then thinks much as a violin is played by a violinist. This also answers Heidigger's life-long search for an answer to the question "what is being?" Being is "I am" or essence+existence. Dr. Roger B Clough NIST (ret.) [1/1/2000] See my Leibniz site at http://independent.academia.edu/RogerClough -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to email@example.com. Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out.