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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2 ) , and therefore sess something which resembles an object which if the body , and consequently the mind ( Def . usually affects the mind with joy or sorrow , al3 , pt . 3 ) , has been at any time , & c . 1 Q.E.D. though the quality ...
He who imagines that what he hates is object assist the effort of the mind to imagine affected with sorrow will rejoice ; if , on the other it ; but joy posits the existence of the thing hand , he imagines it to be affected with joy he ...
3 ) , that is to say affect others with sorrow , he will look upon him( Prop . 17 , pt . 2 ) , we strive as much as possible self with sorrow . to perceive them as present or actually exist- Demonst . He who imagines that he affects ing ...
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