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René Descartes

Cartesius, 1596-1650 ,  French philosopher
René DescartesMathematician, scientist, and philosopher. He was one of the first to abandon scholastic Aristotelianism, he formulated the first modern version of mind-body dualism, from which stems the mind-body problem, and he promoted the development of a new science grounded in observation and experiment. For these, he has been called the father of modern philosophy.
Descartes's Meditations on First Philosophy continues to be a standard text at most university philosophy departments. His influence in mathematics is equally apparent (the Cartesian coordinate system).

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For me, everything in nature is mathematics.


If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.


Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it.


It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.


There is nothing so strange and so unbelievable that it has not been said by one philosopher or another.


An optimist may see a light where there is none, but why must the pessimist always run to blow it out?


The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.


Illusory joy is often worth more than genuine sorrow.


A state is better governed which has few laws, and those laws strictly observed.


Latin Quotes

I think therefore I exist.

Cogito ergo sum.












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