Cartesius (or Descartes) was French philosopher (1596-1650). One of the ‘problems we battle with today which goes back to Cartesius is the division of body and mind. “Cogito ergo sum” (I think therefore I am).
- Discuss what is meant by the expression ‘cartesian nightmare’ in
Have you ever wondered whether everyone talks about you behind your back? Whether they are all keeping something from you? John McGuire discusses the Cartesian nightmare that is The Truman Show (from Philosophy Now)
- Then read the article where the quote above is taken from, and discuss how the film deals with ‘the problem of skepisism’.
- Think about the reality shows you find on tv any day of the week. What are the ethical differences between the fiction of The Truman Show and ‘fly on the wall televison’?