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  2. The World (book) - Wikipedia

    The World, also called Treatise on the Light ( French title: Traité du monde et de la lumière ), is a book by René Descartes (1596–1650). Written between 1629 and 1633, it contains a nearly complete version of his philosophy, from method, to metaphysics, to physics and biology . Descartes espoused mechanical philosophy, a form of natural ...

  3. Rules for the Direction of the Mind - Wikipedia

    Regulae ad directionem ingenii, or Rules for the Direction of the Mind is an unfinished treatise regarding the proper method for scientific and philosophical thinking by René Descartes. Descartes started writing the work in 1628, and it was eventually published in 1701 after Descartes' lifetime.

  4. Discourse on the Method - Wikipedia

    Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting One's Reason and of Seeking Truth in the Sciences ( French: Discours de la Méthode Pour bien conduire sa raison, et chercher la vérité dans les sciences) is a philosophical and autobiographical treatise published by René Descartes in 1637. It is best known as the source of the famous quotation ...

  5. Cogito, ergo sum - Wikipedia,_ergo_sum

    The Latin cogito, ergo sum, usually translated into English as " I think, therefore I am ", [a] is the "first principle" of René Descartes 's philosophy. He originally published it in French as je pense, donc je suis in his 1637 Discourse on the Method, so as to reach a wider audience than Latin would have allowed. [1]

  6. The Search for Truth by Natural Light - Wikipedia

    v. t. e. The Search for Truth by Natural Light [1] ( La recherche de la vérité par la lumière naturelle) is an unfinished philosophical dialogue by René Descartes “set in the courtly culture of the ‘ honnête homme ’ and ‘ curiosité ’.”. [2] It was written in French (presumably after the Meditations was completed [3]) but first ...

  7. Animal machine - Wikipedia

    Animal machine. Animal machine or bête-machine (Fr., animal-machine), is a philosophical notion from Descartes in the 17th century who held that animal behaviour can be compared to the one of machines. Like them, animals would be an assembly of mechanical pieces and therefore unable to think and not gifted of consciousness, although they ...

  8. Principles of Philosophy - Wikipedia

    Principles of Philosophy ( Latin: Principia Philosophiae) is a book by René Descartes. In essence, it is a synthesis of the Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy. [1] It was written in Latin, published in 1644 and dedicated to Elisabeth of Bohemia, with whom Descartes had a long-standing friendship.