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Reading selection from Descartes’ Discourse on the Method (Part IV).
Descartes begins with the problem of being able to prove his own existence but
ends up with an argument proving the existence of God. Read more about the
Discourse on the Method located at

For the reading selection:

    1. Clearly state in your own words the “surprise ending” in the reading you
      selected. Identify the point in the reading when you realized that the ending
      would be different from what the beginning of the reading suggested that it
      would be.
    2. Since you were expecting a different ending, evaluate how successful the
      author was in convincing you to accept the validity of the “surprise ending”
      that was not clearly suggested at the beginning.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch
    margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA Style format.
    Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
    (Note: Students can find APA style materials located in the
    course shell for reference)
  • Include a cover page containing the tile of the assignment, the student’s
    name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and
    the reference page are not included in the required assignment page

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment

  • Explain how key social, cultural, and artistic contributions contribute to
    historical changes.
  • Explain the importance of situating a society’s cultural and artistic
    expressions within a historical context.
  • Examine the influences of intellectual, religious, political, and
    socio-economic forces on social, cultural, and artistic expressions.
  • Identify major historical developments in world cultures from the
    Renaissance to the contemporary period.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in the study of
    world cultures.
  • Write clearly and concisely about world cultures using proper writing