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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... we find is material , while false materially , ' i.e. according to my inter- in the former it can only be formal . pretation , that they supply the judgment with Moreover , when my critic asserts that the material for error .
It often happens , however , that some of the roots are false or less than nothing . Thus , if we suppose x to represent the defect of a quantity 5 , we have x + 5 = 0 which , multiplied by x3-9x2 +26.0 -24 = 0 , yields 2 * -- 4x3 ...
+ 1087 + 108 - 19y2 – 1147--171 - 1064-318 - 120 y4 + 1673 + 71y – ty - 420 = 0 . It should be observed that increasing the true roots of an equation diminishes the false roots by the same amount ; and , on the contrary , diminishing ...
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