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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For substance tively but formally , or else eminently ( Ax . v ) . has more reality than accident or mode ; and But we do possess the idea of God ( Deff . 11 infinite substance has more than finite sub- and vili ) , and the objective ...
We have no that we possess the faculty of summoning up other idea than this corresponding to the term this idea . creator . But in order to prove creation it is not enough to be able to imagine the creation of the OBJECTION XI world .
Next , recognising the inequality and diver- of substance , and hence that it possesses any obsity between ideas ... even though it should that those which represent to me substances have been admitted that it does possess some , we are ...
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