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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... or kind ) at least as perfect as present time it has not been by a judgment heat , and so in all other cases . ... and different from some cause which possesses within it at least me , which , by the organs of my senses , or by as ...
At least it would be an im- purposes . But though this may be true , if those perfection in Him , if , possessing both the knowl- purposes are meant which God Himself wished edge and the power to do so , He had refused , and hidden or ...
And just as in other cases we may be in At this point I have no desire to begin a con- doubt , so at least in this case no doubt is pertroversy about the trustworthiness of the senses ; mitted , namely that these things appear as they ...
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