Definition of cogito in English:

cogito

Pronunciation /ˈkäɡiˌtō//ˈkäj-/

noun

usually the cogito
Philosophy
  • The principle establishing the existence of a being from the fact of its thinking or awareness.

    • ‘Even the most forcefully experienced insights - save the cogito - become open to doubt once the immediacy of the intuition passes.’
    • ‘It is because of this that Descartes erroneously took the cogito to be the foundation of certainty in human knowledge, and our knowledge of body to be less clear and less immediate.’
    • ‘The Cartesian cogito played a major part in promoting the scientific and rational development of the Enlightenment in the 18th century.’
    • ‘The cogito shows that there is a thought, but not that there is an I who thinks it.’
    • ‘This missing element is the self, or subject: the focal point of Descartes reasoning, whose existence was established by the cogito.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: Latin, literally I think in Descartes's formula (1641) cogito, ergo sum I think therefore I am.

Pronunciation

cogito

/ˈkäɡiˌtō//ˈkäj-/