American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Descartes, René 1596-1650. French mathematician, philosopher, and scientist who is considered the father of analytic geometry and the founder of modern rationalism. His main works, Meditations on First Philosophy (1641) and Principles of Philosophy (1644), include the famous dictum "I think, therefore I am.”
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. René Descartes, a French philosopher and mathematician, born 159, died 1650. See biography, below.
- n. French philosopher and mathematician; developed dualistic theory of mind and matter; introduced the use of coordinates to locate a point in two or three dimensions (1596-1650)
“The title Descartes first proposed for his Discours de la méthode (1637) was le projet d'une science uni - verselle qui puisse élever notre nature à son plus haut degré de perfection (“the plan of a universal science which can raise our nature to its highest degree of perfection”).”
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“These are not irrefutable proofs, but they are far more convincing than anything in Descartes 'Meditations.”
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“What basis do you have for this claim Captain Descartes? peace”
“Rationalization," post-Descartes, is quite different from the quattrocento sense of ratiocinatione. back”
“Descartes is always there urging us to doubt whether my truth is true.”
“Claudia Brodsky brilliantly analyzes the discourse-method interdependence in Descartes in Lines of Thought:”
“Modern European philosophy as a whole, from its beginning (in Descartes) has this common flaw: for it nature does not exist, it lacks a living ground.”
“She saved her most sustained hostility for "the Cogito," as philosophers call Descartes 'celebrated declaration, usually translated in English as "I think, therefore I am.”
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