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"The two operations of our understanding, intuition and deduction, on which alone we have said we must rely in the acquisition of knowledge." -- Rene Descartes
René Descartes (; 31 March 1596 — 11 February 1650) (Latinized form: Renatus Cartesius; adjectival form: "Cartesian"), was a French philosopher, mathematician, physicist, and writer who spent most of his adult life in the Dutch Republic. He has been dubbed the "Father of Modern Philosophy," and much subsequent Western philosophy is a response to his writings, which are studied closely to this day. In particular, his Meditations on First Philosophy continues to be a standard text at most university philosophy departments. Descartes' influence in mathematics is also apparent; the Cartesian coordinate system—allowing geometric shapes to be expressed in algebraic equations—was named after him. He is credited as the father of analytical geometry. Descartes was also one of the key figures in the Scientific Revolution.

Descartes frequently sets his views apart from those of his predecessors. In the opening section of the Passions of the Soul, a treatise on the Early Modern version of what are now commonly called emotions, Descartes goes so far as to assert that he will write on this topic "as if no one had written on these matters before". Many elements of his philosophy have precedents in late Aristotelianism, the revived Stoicism of the 16th century, or in earlier philosophers like St. Augustine. In his natural philosophy, he differs from the Schools on two major points: First, he rejects the analysis of corporeal substance into matter and form; second, he rejects any appeal to ends—divine or natural—in explaining natural phenomena. In his theology, he insists on the absolute freedom of God’s act of creation.

Descartes was a major figure in 17th-century continental rationalism, later advocated by Baruch Spinoza and Gottfried Leibniz, and opposed by the empiricist school of thought consisting of Hobbes, Locke, Berkeley, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Hume. Leibniz, Spinoza and Descartes were all well versed in mathematics as well as philosophy, and Descartes and Leibniz contributed greatly to science as well. As the inventor of the Cartesian coordinate system, Descartes founded analytic geometry, the bridge between algebra and geometry, crucial to the discovery of infinitesimal calculus and analysis. He is best known for the philosophical statement "Cogito ergo sum" (; ), found in part IV of Discourse on the Method (1637 – written in French but with inclusion of "Cogito ergo sum") and §7 of part I of Principles of Philosophy (1644 – written in Latin).

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Total Books: 343
Meditations on First Philosophy
2017 - Meditations on First Philosophy (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781542726610
ISBN-10: 1542726611
Genre: Politics & Social Sciences
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Rene Descartes Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting the Reason and Seeking Truth in the Sciences
Meditations on First Philosophy Rene Descartes
2016 - Meditations on First Philosophy Rene Descartes (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781541283756
ISBN-10: 1541283759
Genre: Politics & Social Sciences
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Discourse on Method For Conducting Reason and Seeking the Truth in the Sciences
The Passions of the Soul and Other Late Philosophical Writings
2016 - The Passions of the Soul and Other Late Philosophical Writings [Oxford World's Classics] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780199684137
ISBN-10: 0199684138
Genre: Politics & Social Sciences
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Discurso del Metodo
2015 - Discurso Del Metodo [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781516845194
ISBN-10: 1516845196
Genre: Politics & Social Sciences
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Discourse On The Method Discourse On The Method Bilingual Edition
2015 - Discourse on the Method Discourse on the Method Bilingual Edition [English - French] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781508444312
ISBN-10: 1508444315
Genres: Politics & Social Sciences, Education & Teaching
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A Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy
2014 - A Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781627301060
ISBN-10: 1627301062
Genre: Politics & Social Sciences
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Discours de la Methode
2013 - Discours De La Methode [Cambridge Plain Texts - French Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781107614260
ISBN-10: 1107614260
Genre: Politics & Social Sciences
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A Discourse on Method Meditations on the First Philosophy and Principles of Philosophy
2011 - A Discourse on Method Meditations on the First Philosophy and Principles of Philosophy [Library Edition] (Audio CD)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781441723628
ISBN-10: 1441723625
Genre: Politics & Social Sciences
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Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy
Meditations
2010 - Meditations [Great Ideas] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780141192963
ISBN-10: 0141192968
Genre: Nonfiction
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Selections From The Principles of Philosophy
2010 - Selections From the Principles of Philosophy (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781406854602
ISBN-10: 1406854603
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Discours Sur Les Influences Des Astres Selon Les Principes De M Descartes
2009 - Discours Sur Les Influences Des Astres Selon Les Principes De M Descartes [1671 - French Edition] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781120803542
ISBN-10: 1120803543
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Passiones Animae Per Renatum Des Cartes
2009 - Passiones Animae Per Renatum Des Cartes [1650 - Latin Edition] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781120819710
ISBN-10: 1120819717
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Principia Matheseos Universalis Seu Introductio Ad Geometriae Methodum Renati Des Cartes
2009 - Principia Matheseos Universalis Seu Introductio Ad Geometriae Methodum Renati Des Cartes [1683 - Latin Edition] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781120840271
ISBN-10: 1120840279
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Geometria A Renato Descartes Anno 1637 Gallice Edita
2009 - Geometria a Renato Descartes Anno 1637 Gallice Edita [1683 - Latin Edition] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781120846303
ISBN-10: 1120846307
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Philosophical Works
2009 - Philosophical Works (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781928565215
ISBN-10: 1928565212
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A Discourse on the Method
2009 - A Discourse on the Method (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781449550479
ISBN-10: 1449550479
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Discourse on the Method for Conducting One's Reason Well and for Seeking Truth in the Sciences
Descartes Discourse On Method and the Meditations
2009 - Descartes Discourse on Method and the Meditations (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781449551452
ISBN-10: 1449551459
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2009 - Tractat Von Den Leidenschaften Der Seele [1723 - German Edition] (Hardcover)Paperback
2009 - Principia Philosophiae [1677 - Latin Edition] (Paperback)Hardcover
2008 - Discours De La Methode Tome I [Large Print Edition - French Edition] (Hardcover)Hardcover
2007 - Meditations of First Philosophy [EasyRead Large Bold Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
2007 - El Tratado Del Hombre / Treatise on Man [Alianza Universidad / Alianza University - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2007 - Discours De La Mthode Tome I [French Edition] (Paperback)
2007 - Discours De La Mtthode Tome I [French Edition] (Paperback)
2006 - Discurso Del Metodo / Discourse on the Method [Humanidades/ Humanities - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2006 - Meditations Metaphy 1 2 3 [Folio Plus Philosophie - French Edition] (Paperback)
2005 - Las Pasiones Del Alma / Passions of the Soul Null [Biblioteca Edaf - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
2005 - Reglas Para La Direccion Del Espiritu [El Libro De Bolsillo] (Paperback)Paperback
2005 - Compendio De Musica [Filosofia - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2005 - Discurso Del Metodo / the Speech Way [Clasicos - Portuguese Edition] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
2005 - Discurso Del Metodo / Discourse on Method [Clasicos Universales / Universal Classics - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
2003 - Discourse on Method and Meditations [Philosophical Classics] (Paperback)Paperback
2003 - La Investigacion De La Verdad Por La Luz Natural [General - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2001 - Euvres De Descartes Tome 1 [French Edition] (Paperback)
2001 - Euvres De Descartes Tome 2 [French Edition] (Paperback)
2000 - Philosophical Essays and Correspondence [Descartes - Hackett Publishing Co.] (Paperback)
1999 - Le Discours De La Methode [World Classics Paperback] (Paperback)Paperback
1993 - Meditations Metaphysiques [French Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
1991 - The Philosophical Writings of Descartes Volume 3 the Correspondence [Philosophical Writings of Descartes Paperback] (Paperback)Hardcover
1989 - El Discurso Del Metodo [Bolsillo - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
1989 - Le Monde Ou Traite De La Lumiere / Die Welt Oder Abhandlung Ueber Das Licht [Acta Humaniora - French and German Edition] (Hardcover)
1969 - The Essential Descartes [Essentials] (Paperback)Paperback
1937 - Oeuvres Et Lettres Avec Discours De La Methode [Bibliotheque de la Pleiade - French Edition] (Other)
1886 - La Gomtrie De Ren Descartes [French Edition] (Paperback)
Rene Descartes the Essential Writings [The Essential Writings of the Great Philosophers] (Paperback)
Descartes [Collector's Library Essential Thinkers] (Hardcover)
Oeuvres Et Lettres [Bibliotheque de la Pleiade] (Other)
Meditations and Selections From the Principles [Open Court Library of Philosophy] (Paperback)
Le Monde [Janus series] (Hardcover)
Treatise of Man [Great Minds Series] (Paperback)Hardcover
L'entretien Avec Burman [Epimethee : essais philosophiques - French Edition] (Paperback)
L'homme De Rene Descartes Et Un Traite De La Formation De Foetus [Corpus des Oeuvres de Philosophie en Langue Francaise] (Hardcover)
Luvres Completes IV Correspondance Juillet 1643-avril 1647 [Bibliotheque Des Textes Philosophiques - French Edition] (Paperback)
Luvres Completes VI Discours De La Methode Et Essais [Bibliotheque Des Textes Philosophiques - French Edition] (Paperback)
Gesprach Mit Burman Lateinisch-deutsch [Philosophische Bibliothek - German Edition] (Other)
Tetsugaku Genri [Japanese Edition] (Other)
Las Pasiones Del Alma [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
Mundo El [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Du Foetus De R Descartes [Clasicos - Spanish Edition] (Other)
Opere Scientifiche [Classici della scienza - Italian Edition] (Paperback)