Discourse on Method and Meditations (Dover Books on Western Philosophy) (Paperback)

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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, Ren 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.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780486432526
ISBN-10: 0486432521
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication Date: December 12th, 2003
Pages: 121
Language: English
Series: Dover Books on Western Philosophy

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