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Descartes

[dey-kahrt; French dey-kart]
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noun
  1. Re·né [ruh-ney; French ruh-ney] /rəˈneɪ; French rəˈneɪ/, 1596–1650, French philosopher and mathematician.
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  • Few people are of Descartes' mind, that squinting is pretty.

  • The foundation of the system of Descartes is belief in God and in the goodness of God.

  • Descartes therefore made evidence the touchstone of certainty.

  • From the time of Descartes to Hume and Kant it has had little or nothing to do with facts of science.

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    Plato

  • The system of Spinoza is less personal and also less dualistic than that of Descartes.

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Descartes

noun
  1. René (rəne). 1596–1650, French philosopher and mathematician. He provided a mechanistic basis for the philosophical theory of dualism and is regarded as the founder of modern philosophy. He also founded analytical geometry and contributed greatly to the science of optics. His works include Discours de la méthode (1637), Meditationes de Prima Philosophia (1641), and Principia Philosophiae (1644)
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Related formsRelated adjective: Cartesian
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Descartes

[dā-kärt]
  1. French mathematician and philosopher who discovered that the position of a point can be determined by coordinates, a discovery that laid the foundation for analytic geometry.
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