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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Moreover , wherever I have said Here indeed I distinguish between the in- that God can be clearly and distinctly known , definite and the infinite , and that alone do I , I have understood this to apply only to this properly speaking ...
and distinctly apprehend this triangle , etc. never think that this ratio must be denied . It Firstly , because the ratio between the square is quite otherwise in the case of the mind on the base and those on the sides is not a where ...
But whatever may be the case in mathethat your clear and distinct knowledge of the matical matters , I ask you ... Each person thinks that he this general Rule : that all things which I per- clearly and distinctly perceives that ...
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