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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And first of all there is no if there were not either in me or in some other doubt that in all things which nature teaches thing another active faculty capable of form- me there is some truth contained ; for by naing and producing these ...
There are diverse degrees of reality or same reality is contained , not merely objec( the quality of being an ) entity . For substance tively but formally , or else eminently ( Ax . v ) . has more reality than accident or mode ; and But ...
... yet once estab- figures of geometry are considered not as sublished , he was restricted in his action by his stances but as the boundaries within which maintenance of them ; similarly I do not think substance is contained . that the ...
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