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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The number of these acts should be For first I perceive that it was not more difnoted in order that we may perceive whether ficult to discover the double of six than that of the facts are separated from the primary and three ; and that ...
... seriously endeavours to attain equilibrium of devices employed by the mechanical crafts , thought- , he will , by the rules given above , which do not need the aid of anything outside certainly discover that nothing can be known of ...
Consequently in asking what I had was correct , have I denied that the thing which thought myself formerly to be , my question thinks is a body ; it was because I used the was directed to discover merely what it then term body to ...
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