Discourse on method and related writings

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Discourse on Method and Related Writings by René Descartes

‘It is not enough to have a good mind; it is more important to use it well’

René Descartes was a central figure in the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century. In his Discourse on Method he outlined the contrast between mathematics and experimental sciences, and the extent to which each one can achieve certainty. Drawing on his own work in geometry, optics, astronomy and physiology, Descartes developed the hypothetical method that characterizes modern science, and this soon came to replace the traditional techniques derived from Aristotle. Many of Descartes’ most radical ideas – such as the disparity between our perceptions and the realities that cause them – have been highly influential in the development of modern philosophy.

This edition sets the Discourse on Method in the wider context of Descartes’ work, with the Rules for Guiding One’s Intelligence in Searching for the Truth (1628), extracts from The World (1633) and selected letters from 1636–9. A companion volume, Meditations and Other Metaphysical Writings, is also published in Penguin Classics.
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In his Discourse on Method he outlined the contrast between mathematics and experimental sciences, and the extent to which each one can achieve certainty. Drawing on his own work in geometry, optics, astronomy and physiology, Descartes developed the hypothetical method that characterizes modern science, and this soon came to replace the traditional techniques derived from Aristotle. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. What would you like to know about this product? Please enter your name, your email and your question regarding the product in the fields below, and we'll answer you in the next hours. You can unsubscribe at any time.

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Mar 01, ISBN In his Discourse on Method he outlined the contrast between mathematics and experimental sciences, and the extent to which each one can achieve certainty. Drawing on his own work in geometry, optics, astronomy and physiology, Descartes developed the hypothetical method that characterizes modern science, and this soon came to replace the traditional techniques derived from Aristotle. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. Rene Descartes — , the French philosopher and mathematician, is regarded as the founder of modern philosophy. Translated with an Introduction and Notes by Desmond M. Clarke Translated by Desmond M.

It is best known as the source of the famous quotation "Je pense, donc je suis" English: " I think, therefore I am ", or "I am thinking, therefore I exist" , [1] which occurs in Part IV of the work. A similar argument, without this precise wording, is found in Meditations on First Philosophy , and a Latin version of the same statement Cogito, ergo sum is found in Principles of Philosophy Discourse on the Method is one of the most influential works in the history of modern philosophy, and important to the development of natural sciences. While addressing some of his predecessors and contemporaries, Descartes modified their approach to account for a truth he found to be incontrovertible ; he started his line of reasoning by doubting everything, so as to assess the world from a fresh perspective, clear of any preconceived notions. The book was originally published in Leiden , in the Netherlands. Later, it was translated into Latin and published in in Amsterdam. The text was written and published in French rather than Latin, the latter being the language in which most philosophical and scientific texts were written and published at that time.

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