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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Here the meaning of extension other propositions in which these terms , though is not identical with that of body , yet we do retaining the same signification and employed not construct two distinct ideas in our imag- in abstraction ...
That those that it comes to me from no other source than things are really distinct each of which can myself . I admit that we could form this very exist apart from the other . But once more I idea , though we did not know that a ...
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 ...
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