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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But it must be noted per se , no longer negatively but in the highest that here I do not mean a preservation which positive sense . For , although we need not say is effected by any positive operation of causal that God is the efficient ...
can be no positive idea of it , and hence no idea thing is self - derived , i.e. not due to something materially false ... which I believe to be represented by negatively but positively , especially in so far a positive idea , is not ...
Moreover , what else is something positive , although perchance it is could that be than God ? Shortly afterwards I only a privation . said that in God there is such a great and inexHence it must not be asked , what the cause is ...
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