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 mind endeavours as much as image of anything , he will contemplate the it can to imagine those things which increase thing as present although it does not exist or assist the body's power of action ( Prop . 12 , ( Prop . 17 , pt .
The affect towards an object which we weaker when we contemplate as present other know does not exist in the present , and which we objects which exclude the present existence of imagine as possible , other things being equal , is the ...
If , on the of reason , the mind will be affected in the same other hand , it be supposed that the part A is way whether the idea be that of something restrained so that the other parts prevail , it future , past , or present .
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