A Brief Biography of Rene Descartes

1580 WordsJan 26, 20186 Pages
The end of Renaissance science and the beginning of ‘total mechanization of nature’ era brought a mentality different from what it was. There was a loss of spirituality and physicality and gain of motion and increase of momentum. Theories of self were approached with regards that natural objects were machines, and with such a notion brought the intrigue of how these ‘machines’ operated. This concept, corpuscularism, catapulted a transition and divide within the natural world with no intention or possibilities of reverting to past notions. The seventeenth century was a pivotal point in history, which can be attributed by through works of philosopher Rene Descartes, who had endorsed the mechanistic conception of the world and the human body by coining notions such as mind, substance, and the knowledge argument; although his notions were not always accepted, he managed to provide valid support. Born in France, Rene Descartes, dubbed The Father of Modern Philosophy was, in a way, a Renaissance man having contributed influence amongst subjects such science, mathematics, psychology, and philosophy. Descartes was the medium of the philosophers before him, Michel de Montaigne and Galileo Galilei. Descartes had sought to marginalize inquiry into skeptical epistemology and human psychology like Montaigne, except in a scientific manner. He also incorporated Galileo’s innovation of subjectivity. By doing so, Descartes had exposed the scientific irrelevance to soul by proposing that,
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