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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That is , 2 , which I take for the unknown quantity , is equal to b ; or , the square of z is equal to the square of b diminished by a multiplied by z ; or , the cube of z is equal to a multiplied by the square of z , plus the square of ...
radius of the circle about G cutting the circle about F and passing through 5 must be equal to the line S6 ; or if it is to cut the circle through 7 it must be equal to S8 , and so on . In this way the circles intersect in the points 2 ...
Having thus described the curve , take a point L in the line BK on the 2vų concave side of the parabola , and such that BL = DE = ; then lay off t pn on BK , toward B , LH equal to 2nvū , and from H draw HI perpendicular to LH and on ...
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