In Book Mathematics for Computer Science:

I think, therefore I am. However, with just a few more lines of argument in this vein, Descartes goes on to conclude that there is an infinitely beneficent God.

It says that Descartes goes .... Shouldn't it be Descartes went? Is this a grammar error or some kind of special usage?

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In storytelling, the present tense can be used instead of past.
Stories are often told in the present tenses.
Jack goes to Joe's house. Jack asks for a drink and gives Joe some cake.
Your example seems to be a story being told, rather than a past event. Therefore, using "goes" should be correct.

If you're talking about actual past events, however, you should use past tenses instead.

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