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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Consequently as pleasurable excitement and pain are related to long as the mind imagines those things which a man when one of his parts is affected more increase or assist our body's power of action , than the others ; cheerfulness and ...
2 ) , and consequently ( Prop . 11 , ( Defs . 2 and 3 of the Affects ) He cannot be pt . 5 ) are more frequently excited in us ; and affected with any affect of joy or sorrow . Q.E.D. therefore it is easier for us to contemplate Corol .
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