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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what the senses truly tell us , and that hence the I am a thing that thinks ; quite correct . From images present to us when we are awake and the fact that I think , or have an image , whether using our senses are not accidents inhering ...
He is as sure that the trias I make this denial , or think ; hence I am a angle in a semicircle has one right angle ( which thing that thinks and not a body , and the body is the notion of a right - angled triangle ) as I am does not ...
Has he not of time are not derived from one another , and omitted to add that the same light of nature does hence , though that body be supposed to have not require that the notion of an efficient cause existed up to the present time ...
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