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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Disclose your method , I beg you , and show ing you allowed us to wander long here , nay you led how it is possible for that concept to be clear and me by pathless and impassable places , when you distinct . could have brought me to the ...
and reserves in dense and serried formation , sessed in childhood were not clear and diswhich our new Alexander will shatter with a tinct ; and that hence , unless they are deposed breath , from their place , they will render obscure ...
If , therefore , we form a clear and dis- cording to his way of thinking ( Schol . Prop . tinct idea of this affect , the idea will not be 31 , pt . 3 ) , a desire which in a man who is not distinguished ...
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