Rules for the Direction of the Mind: Discourse on the Method : Meditations on First Philosophy : Objections Against the Meditations and Replies : The Geometry
Is it possible to be certain of anything? If so, how? The father of modern philosophy and the founder of rational method in philosophical thought, René Descartes (1596–1650) sought the answers to these questions and in doing so, addressed the most important of methods of thinking and understanding truth. In Discourse on Method, he applies a scientific approach to philosophy that comprises four principles: to accept only what reason recognizes as "clear and distinct"; to analyze complex ideas by dividing them into smaller elements; to reconstruct the ideas; and to make accurate and complete enumerations of the data. His Meditations proceed according to this method, exploring the mind/body distinction, the nature of truth and error, the existence of God, and the essence of material things.
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14 , and lute nature ; these primary products being the Corol . 2 , Prop . 17 ) , God in so far as He is mediating cause for those things which , never- considered as a free cause . But by natura natheless , without God can neither be ...
3. From our possessing common notions and adequate ideas of the properties of things PROP . 43. He who has a true idea knows at the ( Corol . Prop . 38 , Prop . 39 , with Corol . and same time that he has a true idea , nor can ...
17 , pt . therefore we shall be affected with a similar 2 and its Corol . ) , it endeavours to consider affect ourselves , because we imagine something them as present . On the contrary ( Prop . 13 , like us to be affected with the same ...
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