Essential Thinkers: Descartes (Discourse on Method; Meditations on the First Philosophy; The Principles of Philosophy)
  • Essential Thinkers: Descartes (Discourse on Method; Meditations on the First Philosophy; The Principles of Philosophy)
  • Essential Thinkers: Descartes (Discourse on Method; Meditations on the First Philosophy; The Principles of Philosophy)

Essential Thinkers: Descartes (Discourse on Method; Meditations on the First Philosophy; The Principles of Philosophy)

by Descartes
     
 

Descartes laid the foundations of modern science by providing a secure basis for empirical knowledge, and showing that this is the only knowledge we can have of the natural world. In the most famous philosophical dictum of all time ('I think, therefore I am') he uses the method of doubt — doubting whatever can be doubted — to establish the certainty…  See more details below

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Descartes laid the foundations of modern science by providing a secure basis for empirical knowledge, and showing that this is the only knowledge we can have of the natural world. In the most famous philosophical dictum of all time ('I think, therefore I am') he uses the method of doubt — doubting whatever can be doubted — to establish the certainty of his own existence. Whatever else he may doubt, he cannot doubt the existence of the doubter. This certainty allows him to overthrow reliance on revealed truth and install scientific method in its place.

Descartes also, unusually for a philosopher, writes superbly. The opening sentence of the Discourse on Method is to philosophy what the opening sentence of Pride and Prejudice is to the novel.

Born in 1596 near Tours in France, Ren� Descartes was educated at a Jesuit college, and remained a Catholic throughout his life. As a young man he travelled widely before settling in Holland and devoting his energies to science and philosophy. In 1649 he became tutor to Queen Kristina of Sweden, but the Swedish climate proved too harsh for him, and he died of pneumonia early in 1650.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760762417
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
01/15/2005
Series:
Essential Thinkers Series
Pages:
323
Product dimensions:
3.96(w) x 6.22(h) x 0.78(d)

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