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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The better the mind is adapted to Demonst . In so far as the mind conceives understand things by the third kind of knowl- the present existence of its body does it conedge , the more it desires to understand them by ceive duration which ...
The mind conceives nothing under PROP . 33. The intellectual love of God which the form of eternity , unless in so far as it con- arises from the third kind of knowledge is eternal . ceives the essence of its body under the form Demonst ...
follows that it is possible for the human mind of God , and of objects ; so that everything to be of such a nature that that part of it which which is related to its memory or imagination , we have shown perishes with its body ( Prop ...
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