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 when , on the conposited which are hasty and groundless . trary , they bave happily come upon something This furnishes us with an evident explana- certain and evident , in displaying it they never tion of the great superiority in ...
This him , and partly of what he assumes on his own was that mankind has no road towards certain account , namely that the colour looks yellow knowledge open to it , save those of self - evident not owing to the defect in his eye ...
For I believe that those who have able thus to deny : and during this time it is taken the trouble to make it must now believe , evident that we could not entertain any belief as I do , that all the objections that this book of a ...
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