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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This may happen in an inobject of the skill employed is to try to puzzle quiry into the subject of perpetual motion , not people's wits . But frequently also we must as we meet with it in nature in the movements bear it in mind in other ...
The fact that our ner necessary for this motion , and for prothought is often in our experience impeded by ducing it without the mind's desiring it , and them , does not allow us to infer that it is pro- as though it were the working of ...
nothing else than the motion of the particles the reason for this is just that in these matters of the sensory organs and the change of figure custom makes us reason and judge so quickly , and position due to that motion .
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