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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external objects at all . And you seem thence to which is not drawn from the senses , but is infer that although there exist in you the Ideas elicited from your innate notions , or achieved of things said to be external , those Ideas ...
2 ) the external body determines the human confused . body in some certain manner . But in so far as Demonst . The ideas of the affections of the the external body is an individual which is not human body involve the nature both of ...
3 ) to remove it from us , so that an external cause , the joy and sorrow spoken we may not perceive it as present . This is the of in this proposition will be a kind of love and second thing which was to be proved . We en- hatred .
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