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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Thus , for example , if we consider a things , and know them so easily that in order body as having extension and figure , we shall to recognize them it is enough to be endowed indeed admit that from the point of view of the with reason ...
As , for example , ous and hurtful to the foot . It is true that God in the cord ABCD ( which is in tension ) if we could have constituted the nature of man in pull the last part D , the first part A will not be such a way that this ...
I desire rather to tell you in passing that this method , of which you have here an example , of supposing two equations to be of the same form in order to compare them term by term and so to obtain several equations from one ...
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