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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First , I discovered that if the question be proposed for only three , four , or five lines , the required points can be found by elementary geometry , that is , by the use of the ruler and compasses only , and the application of those ...
For , first , I have shown that when there are only three or four lines the equation which serves to determine the ... an equation expresses the relation between all points of curves of Class I and all points of a fixed straight line .
Next , suppose that we have four parallel lines , and a fifth line cutting them , such that the parallelepiped of three lines drawn through the point C ( one to the cutting line and two to two of the parallel lines ) is equal to the ...
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