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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... but only Physics with pure Mathematics , which it is an abstraction from material things , I said my deepest wish my Physics should resemble . that , in spite of that , I was not sure that there As for the two questions added at the ...
you wish to believe it that you pass that judg- merly impelled towards the falsity which the ment . So while I confess that there is nothing understanding set before it , so now it accithat we wish about which we do not under- dentally ...
+ b2 ; if I wish to extract the cube root of a3–63 + ab ?, I write Vai – 63 + aba , and similarly for other roots . Here it must be observed that by a2 , 63 , and similar expressions , I ordinarily mean only simple lines , which ...
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