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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In this case , and in the cases where there are six , seven , eight , or nine given lines , the required points can always be found by means of the geometry of solid loci , that is , by using some one of the three conic sections .
Having now made a general classification of curves , it is easy for me to demonstrate the solution which I have already given of the problem of Pappus . For , first , I have shown that when there are only three or four lines the ...
To do this , suppose the unknown quantity when multiplied or divided by the given number to be equal to a second unknown quantity . Then multiply or divide the known quantity of the second term by the given quantity , that in the third ...
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