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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means of this character alone and unaided as a One thing which I here shall add is , that I thing that thinks , it is quite possible that in wholly approve of M. Descartes ' teaching , relareality corporeal attributes are compatible ...
you prove that there are many internal faculties ation ( of the things of sense ) 2 and other similar and not a single , simple faculty by means of devices which it is unnecessary to recount . Hence which we are conscious of everything ...
Similarly , to find four mean proportionals between YA and YG , or six between YA and YN , it is only necessary to draw ... be a blunder to try vainly to construct a problem by means of a class of lines simpler than its nature allows .
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