Not so much because of his philosophical works, but because of his famous saying, "I think - therefore I am."
Although very simple, his statement has undeniable existential undertones...
Thinking about his famous phrase I find myself thinking, is it mind over matter, or vice-versa?
Are we a product of our imagination, or do we simply exist as matter in a physical sense?
Is every thing an illusion - is our existence apart of a running program?
Is the choice of free-will an illusion of choice if our existences are predetermined?
I don't want to branch out too far into the topic of free-will versus determinism.. But at the same time I want to infer how the two relate to a person in an existential context... Is existence what it is by virtue of sentience? If sentience allows us to retain memory, is existence nothing more than a byproduct of having the ability to understand what we perceive as the 'past', and thus the ability to react differently than we have reacted in the 'future'? Because if we are simply organic beings capable of memory, than existence is the recognition of every thing around us with an air of familiarity. It is being comfortable in the state of existing?
I'm not entirely sure.
I don't want to go too far into existential nihilism, but could existence have zero value?
Is existence absurd?
Are we simply within a dream within a dream, truly existing when we are asleep, and asleep when we are awake?
These are all questions I have.
Edited by Kafkaesque, 03 May 2013 - 04:46 PM.