I was thinking of the sentence
"I think therefore I am",
which I had for a long time considered indisputable because it's self-evident.
Then I considered the hypothetical situation where my thoughts are illogical – and of course I can't be aware that they are – and so to a logical outsider I am not saying something that is actually indisputable and self-evident, but in fact may be total nonsense. Perhaps there is a hypothetical evil demon altering my ability to reason. However convincing it seems to me that I MUST exist since, in whatever since "I" or "exist" is, there is the ability to question whether I do, the conclusion can't actually be trusted without doubt since I cannot know if I am in fact reasoning logically.
Even what I consider to be trivial tautologies require this assumption of sanity, and therefore there is no true conclusion without assumption – an assumption about the nature of my own reasoning. The only absolute truth I have is unspeakable subjective experience, and any articulation (and I realize the apparent circular reasoning I've cornered myself into here...) is necessarily uncertain.
I realize that perhaps this doesn't even make sense, but was just curious if anyone had entertained this line of thought and come to some satisfying resolution.