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A Discourse on Method
by Rene Decartes
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By calling everything into doubt, Descartes laid the foundations of modern philosophy. 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 swept aside ancient and medieval traditions of philosophical methods and investigation.
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French, Latin
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TOC: Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting the Reason and Seeking Truth in the Sciences; Meditations on the First Philosphy; The Principles of Philosophy; Demonstrations of the Existence of Deity; Notes by the Translator: Perception, Idea, Objective Reality, From or Through the Senses, Thought, Innate Ideas, Formally and Eminently, Pure Intellection, Motion, Second Element.
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