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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It is obscure , then our will passes a judgment which is possible for you to suppose as you do that there doubtful and hesitating , though taken for the is no reason to persuade you to adopt the one time to be more true than its ...
But suppose that HY is less than FY . This includes two cases : In the first , HY exceeds HF by such an amount that the ratio of their difference to the whole line FY is greater than the ratio of e , the smaller of the two lines that ...
To determine these , let us suppose first that H , the focus common to both , is known . Then AM is determined by the three points , G , C , and H in the way just now explained ; that is if k represents the difference between CH and HM ...
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