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cogito Line breaks: cog¦ito
Pronunciation: /ˈkoɡɪtəʊ/

Definition of cogito in English:


(usually the cogito) Philosophy
The principle establishing the existence of a being from the fact of its thinking or awareness: Augustine gives a memorable earlier version of the Cartesian cogito
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  • This missing element is the self, or subject: the focal point of Descartes reasoning, whose existence was established by the cogito.
  • It is because of this that Descartes erroneously took the cogito to be the foundation of certainty in human knowledge, and our knowledge of body to be less clear and less immediate.
  • Even the most forcefully experienced insights - save the cogito - become open to doubt once the immediacy of the intuition passes.


Latin, 'I think', in Descartes's formula (1641) cogito, ergo sum 'I think therefore I am'.

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