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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2 ) , since the knowledge of the human the mind must be united with its object , the body is not related to God in so far as He conmind itself , in the same way as the mind itself stitutes the nature of the human mind , thereis united ...
The ideas of the affections of the huan affection of the human body involves the man body , in so far as they are related only to nature of an external body so far as ( Prop . 16 , the human mind , are not clear and distinct , but pt .
The affect of joy , related at the long as the human mind contemplates any exsame time both to the mind and the body , I ternal body as present , that is to say ( Schol . call pleasurable excitement ( titillatio ) or cheer- Prop .
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