Essay about Rene Descartes & Faith and Reason

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Rene Descartes & Faith and Reason The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries witnessed a colossal transition in the scientific view of the universe. During this period a profound rethinking of scientific theory as well as moral and religious matters took place. Traditional ideas were reconsidered by religious thinkers. Philosophers began applying rational scientific thought to problems that they considered. The main concept of the Scientific Revolution was to "question everything". The Scientific Revolution was an elaborate movement. Many brilliant people with a wealth of new ideas contributed to this movement. The French philosopher, mathematician, and scientist Rene Descartes was one of these people. Rene Descartes was born March…show more content…
Following his departure from La Fleche, Descartes spent the following four years at the University of Poitiers. He graduated from Poitiers with a degree in civil and canon law. Soon after graduation Descartes enlisted in the Bavarian army, to travel, rather than to do combat. He traveled abroad for the next eight years before finally settling in Holland. Descartes chose Holland because he felt that the atmosphere there provided him with intellectual liberty, which in turn produced a creative flow of ideas 3. He chose to live in a small chateau in isolation except for a few servants. This chateau served him well because it was a rather quiet place where he could evolve his ideas systematically. He spent much of his time strolling through his garden and reflecting. At his chateau in Holland, Descartes devoted nearly all of his time to philosophy and mathematics. Descartes spent his first four years in Holland, 1629 to 1633, writing Le Monde, which attempts to give a physical theory to the universe. He learned, however, that its publication would likely bring to him animosity from the church 4. Descartes felt no desire to become a martyr; therefore, he abandoned it. Following this work, Descartes began work on Discours de la méthode pour bien conduire sa raison et chercher la vérité dans les sciences which was a disquisition on universal science. Descours de la méthode was published in 1637
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