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René Descartes. See all media. Born: March 31, 1596 France. Died: February 11, 1650 (aged 53) Stockholm Sweden. Notable Works: “La Géométrie” “Letter to Voetius” “Meditations on First Philosophy, in Which Is Proved the Existence of God and the Immortality of the Soul” “Principles of Philosophy” “Rules for the Direction of the Mind” “The Discourse on Method” “The Passions of the Soul” “The World”.
René Descartes (1596–1650) was a creative mathematicianof the first order, an important scientific thinker, and an originalmetaphysician. During the course of his life, he was a mathematicianfirst, a natural scientist or “natural philosopher” second, and ametaphysician third. In mathematics, he developed the techniques thatmade possible algebraic (or “analytic”) geometry.
René Descartes (/ d eɪ ˈ k ɑːr t / or UK: / ˈ d eɪ k ɑːr t /; French: [ʁəne dekaʁt] ; Latinized: Renatus Cartesius; 31 March 1596 – 11 February 1650: 58 ) was a French philosopher, scientist, and mathematician, widely considered a seminal figure in the emergence of modern philosophy and science.
René Descartes, (born March 31, 1596, La Haye, Touraine, France—died Feb. 11, 1650, Stockholm, Swed.), French mathematician, scientist, and philosopher, considered the father of modern philosophy. Educated at a Jesuit college, he joined the military in 1618 and traveled widely for the next 10 years.
Descartes was born on March 31, 1596, in La Haye en Touraine, a small town in central France, which has since been renamed after him to honor its most famous son. He was the youngest of three...
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Descartes says that ideas possess objective reality by their very nature. Equally importantly, ideas are the only items in his ontology that possess both formal and objective reality. (AT VII 42; CSM II 29) As with formal reality, there are three “levels” of objective reality.