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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But possibly God has not desired members of different animals ; or if their imagi- that I should be thus deceived ... and that then their work that I constantly deceive myself , it would also represents a thing purely fictitious and ...
Fourthly , you deny that God lies or deceives ; But it seems to be shown clearly that that idea whereas some schoolmen ... whence do you conclude that we cannot out that idea being caused in you by a ( really exist- be deceived by Him ?
... although mitted by medical men who deceive sick people the triangle itself perishes , yet the name remains for ... of my conclusion we do not perished . need to assume that we can never be deceived In like manner the proposition ...
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