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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fact that various properties of that triangle faculty by which to know this ( whether or not may be demonstrated . our ideas proceed from bodies ) , but on the conIf the triangle exists nowhere at all , I do not trary has given me a ...
... after see- magnitude of the angles of a triangle from its esing Plato , Socrates and others , all of whom are sence ... although of a triangle , and would have possessed it , this would not be evidence that you had estabeven though ...
Thus , in sible perfection in the idea of a triangle , as it is thinking , the mind employs itself alone , but in a necessary one in the idea of God ; for this fact imagining it contemplates a corporeal form . makes the idea of the ...
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