Discourse On Method, Meditations And Principles: Descartes : Discourse On Method

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Orion, Apr 26, 2012 - Philosophy - 300 pages

With the celebrated words 'I think therefore I am', Descartes' compelling argument swept aside ancient and medieval traditions. He deduced that human beings consist of minds and bodies; that these are totally distinct 'substances'; that God exists and that He ensures we can trust the evidence of our senses.

Ushering in the 'scientific revolution' of Galileo and Newton, Descartes' ideas have also set the agenda for debate ever since.

By calling everything into doubt, Descartes laid the foundations of modern philosophy.

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Rene Descartes (1596-1650) was born in La Haye (now renamed Descartes) before moving to Anjou and Poitiers for his education. He moved to Paris in 1619 into the scientific circle of Marin Mersenne, before publishing his essays 'Discourse on Method' from Holland. After threats to his safety on publication he accepted an invitation to join the court of the Queen of Sweden, but died shortly after arriving in Stockholm.

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