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" Thus the whole of philosophy is like a tree. The roots are metaphysics, the trunk is physics, and the branches emerging from the trunk are all the other sciences, which may be reduced to three principal ones, namely medicine, mechanics and morals. By... "
René Descartes: Principles of Philosophy: Translated, with Explanatory Notes - Page xxiv
1984 - 328 pages
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Dictionary of Quotations (French)

Thomas Benfield Harbottle, Philip Hugh Dalbiac - Quotations, French - 1908 - 316 pages
...toutes les autres sciences." DESCARTES. Les Principes de la Philosophie. Préface. " Ail philosophy is like a tree of which the roots are metaphysics, the trunk physics, and the branches springing from the trunk ail the other sciences." " Toute révélation d'un...
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The Scientific Background to Modern Philosophy: Selected Readings

Michael R. Matthews - Philosophy - 1989 - 162 pages
...AUTHOR Next, in order to give a clear conception of the aim which I had in publishing my writings, I should wish to explain here the order which it seems...namely, Medicine, Mechanics, and Ethics (by which I mean the highest and most perfect Ethics, which presupposes a complete knowledge of the other branches...
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The Cambridge Companion to Descartes

John Cottingham - Philosophy - 1992 - 441 pages
...views about the relationship of physics to metaphysics. "Thus the whole of philosophy is like a tree. The roots are metaphysics, the trunk is physics, and the branches emerging from the trunk are all the other sciences, which may be reduced to three principal ones, namely medicine,...
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The Rise of Modern Philosophy: The Tension Between the New and Traditional ...

Tom Sorell - Philosophy - 1995 - 352 pages
...Philosophy, 185, and O. Hamelin, Le Systeme de Descartes (Paris, the whole of philosophy is like a tree. The roots are metaphysics, the trunk is physics, and the branches emerging from the trunk are all the other sciences, which may be reduced to three principal ones, namely medicine,...
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The Renaissance and Seventeenth-century Rationalism

George Henry Radcliffe Parkinson - Reference - 1993 - 444 pages
...an organic simile to explain the importance of metaphysics: 'The whole of philosophy is like a tree: the roots are metaphysics, the trunk is physics and the branches emerging from the trunk are all the other sciences."1 The simile is sometimes interpreted to mean that metaphysics...
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The Diffident Naturalist: Robert Boyle and the Philosophy of Experiment

Rose-Mary Sargent - Biography & Autobiography - 1995 - 355 pages
...tree to describe scientific pursuit in his Principles: Thus the whole of philosophy is like a tree. The roots are metaphysics, the trunk is physics, and the branches emerging from the trunk are all the other sciences, which may be reduced to three principal ones, namely, medicine,...
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The Cambridge Companion to Hobbes

Tom Sorell - Philosophy - 1996 - 404 pages
...discovering the other sciences which are beneficial to man. Thus the whole of philosophy is like a tree. The roots are metaphysics, the trunk is physics, and the branches emerging from the trunk are all the other sciences, which may be reduced to the three principal ones, namely medicine,...
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Descartes and Augustine

Stephen Menn - Philosophy - 2002 - 415 pages
...terms. This is the meaning of Descartes' famous image of the tree of the sciences: "all philosophy is like a tree; of which the roots are metaphysics, the trunk is physics, and the branches that come out of this trunk are all the other sciences, which reduce to three principal ones, namely,...
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Descartes's Moral Theory

John Marshall - Philosophy - 1998 - 177 pages
...known, it deserves some comment at the start: "The whole of philosophy," he wrote, "is like a tree. The roots are metaphysics, the trunk is physics, and the branches emerging from the trunk are all the other sciences, which may be reduced to three principal ones, namely medicine,...
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On Descartes' Metaphysical Prism: The Constitution and the Limits of Onto ...

Jean-Luc Marion - Philosophy - 1999 - 370 pages
...all the clear and distinct notions which are in us.... Thus the whole of philosophy is like a tree. The roots are metaphysics, the trunk is physics, and the branches emerging from the trunk are all the other sciences, which may be reduced to three principle ones, namely medicine,...
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