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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me , just as the idea of my own self is innate When a man wills or fears , he has indeed an in me . image of the thing ... In what respect does the fear it is a question of the soul ) there is no idea of the produced by the onrush of a ...
It was my duty neither peril nor error in this course . to have laid aside all fear and to plunge boldly What ? " I know ” ? Is that certain and beyond into the fog of renunciation ; but I have been unall doubt ?
Fear is a sorrow not constant , arising Explanation . Between commiseration and from the idea of something future or past , compassion there seems to be no difference , about the issue of which we sometimes doubt . excepting perhaps ...
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