Discourse on Method and Meditations (Dover Philosophical Classics) (Paperback)

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Discourse on Method and Meditations (Dover Philosophical Classics) (Paperback)

By René Descartes, Elizabeth S. Haldane (Translator), G. R. T. Ross (Translator)

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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: 128
Language: English
Series: Dover Philosophical Classics