They do so convincingly because they believe their own lies.
He referred to it in Latin without explicitly stating the familiar form of the phrase in his Meditations on First Philosophy. The earliest written record of the phrase in Latin is in his Principles of Philosophywhere, in a margin note see belowhe provides a clear explanation of his intent: Fuller forms of the phrase are attributable to other authors.
Discourse on the Method[ edit ] The phrase first appeared in French in Descartes's Discourse on the Method in the first paragraph of its fourth part: Accordingly, seeing that our senses sometimes deceive us, I was willing to suppose that there existed nothing really such as they presented to us; And because some men err in reasoning, and fall into Paralogisms, even on the simplest matters of Geometry, I, convinced that I was as open to error as any other, rejected as false all the reasonings I had hitherto taken for Demonstrations; And finally, when I considered that the very same thoughts presentations which we experience when awake may also be experienced when we are asleep, while there is at that time not one of them true, I supposed that all the objects presentations that had ever entered into my mind when awake, had in them no more truth than the illusions of my dreams.
But immediately upon this I observed that, whilst I thus wished to think that all was false, it was absolutely necessary that I, who thus thought, should be something; And as I observed that this truth, I think, therefore I am, [e] was so certain and of such evidence that no ground of doubt, however extravagant, could be alleged by the Sceptics capable of shaking it, I concluded that I might, without scruple, accept it as the first principle of the philosophy of which I was in search.
While we thus reject all of which we can entertain the smallest doubt, and even imagine that it is false, we easily indeed suppose that there is neither God, nor sky, nor bodies, and that we ourselves even have neither hands nor feet, nor, finally, a body; but we cannot in the same way suppose that we are not while we doubt of the truth of these things; for there is a repugnance in conceiving that what thinks does not exist at the very time when it thinks.
Accordingly, the knowledge, [m] I think, therefore I am, [e] is the first and most certain that occurs to one who philosophizes orderly. That we cannot doubt of our existence while we doubt, and that this is the first knowledge we acquire when we philosophize in order.
Ann Banfield writes also following Lyons"In order for the statement on which Descartes's argument depends to represent certain knowledge, … its tense must be a true present—in English, a progressive, … not as 'I think' but as 'I am thinking, in conformity with the general translation of the Latin or French present tense in such nongeneric, nonstative contexts.
The earliest known translation as "I am thinking, therefore I am" is from by Charles Porterfield Krauth.
Krauth"That cannot doubt which does not think, and that cannot think which does not exist. I doubt, I think, I exist. In the Meditations, Descartes phrases the conclusion of the argument as "that the proposition, I am, I exist, is necessarily true whenever it is put forward by me or conceived in my mind.
In his belief in his own existence, he finds that it is impossible to doubt that he exists. Even if there were a deceiving god or an evil demonone's belief in their own existence would be secure, for there is no way one could be deceived unless one existed in order to be deceived.
But I have convinced myself that there is absolutely nothing in the world, no sky, no earth, no minds, no bodies.
Does it now follow that I, too, do not exist? If I convinced myself of something [or thought anything at all], then I certainly existed. But there is a deceiver of supreme power and cunning who deliberately and constantly deceives me. In that case, I, too, undoubtedly exist, if he deceives me; and let him deceive me as much as he can, he will never bring it about that I am nothing, so long as I think that I am something.
So, after considering everything very thoroughly, I must finally conclude that the proposition, I am, I exist, is necessarily true whenever it is put forward by me or conceived in my mind. First, he claims only the certainty of his own existence from the first-person point of view — he has not proved the existence of other minds at this point.
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But in cases of promise breaking, deception, and coercion (to name a few) people act wrongly in using each other as mere means. For example: if George makes a promise to Joanne with the intention of breaking it, and Joanne accepts, then Joanne has been deceived as to George’s true maxim.