Keeping a journal makes me rethink what I have read or seen on a screen as a part of the class content and often helps to understand the meaning of a book or a movie better. A journal is a great way to keep reflection of all my thoughts and feeling about the covered material. I have a feeling that with time I become more confident in my writing skills, as well as analytical thinking, and develop an eye for even more subtle details.
It is interesting to read a journal entry over again, sometimes already with a different perspective. When writing about a certain character, I am forced to recollect the events, motives, and circumstances more carefully. Sometimes I change my opinion while writing or realize that a small piece of information is more significant than I originally thought.
In his essay “Creative Writer and Day-Dreaming,” Sigmund Freud compares a creative writer (or a poet in German version) to a child. According to Freud, “The creative writer does the same as the child at play. He creates a world of fantasy which he takes very seriously … while separating it sharply from reality.” Freud is known for explaining behavior of adults by the events, which happened in their childhood, not surprisingly, he goes on to say that kid’s imaginary games are the source of writer’s imagination. This quote made me wondering what it really takes to become a creative writer and, since almost every child uses her imagination to play, why not every adult can be a creative writer.
Epistemology or, in other words, the theory of knowledge is the heart and the soul of philosophy that has been existed since the beginning of XVII century. Most of the major philosophers such as Rene Descartes, Gottfried Leibniz, John Locke, and David Hume dedicated the main part of their works to the epistemological study. The seemingly strange problems of modern theories of knowledge are directly linked to one of the leading cultural and intellectual features of the post-medieval world development, namely, the steady movement to a radical individualism in religion, politics, art, literature, and philosophy.
In the teaching of the cognition, Descartes was the founder of rationalism that emerged as result of observation of the logical nature of mathematical knowledge. According Descartes, mathematical truth is completely true, possesses generality and necessity, arising from the nature of the intellect (Bennett 328).