Rene Descartes: The Father Of Modern Philosophy

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Rene Descartes is a French philosopher and mathematician. Descartes is the maker of the famous quotation “I think; therefore I am” causing him to be considered the “Father of Modern Philosophy” by many.
Rene Descartes was born in La Haye, France on the 31st day of March 1596. Descartes is the last of the three children of Joachim Descartes and Jeanne Brochard. Descartes was greatly educated. At the age of 8, he was sent to a boarding school at the Jesuit college of Henry IV in La Fleche for seven years. The following four years was spent on him earning a baccalaureate in law at the University of Poitiers.
Descartes’ ideas were more feeling-based which was far from what was the current understanding in the early 17th century. This is the reason why he was considered by many as the Father of Modern Philosophy.
Descartes believed that all truths are fundamentally linked. He strived to discover the meaning of the natural world using a rational approach, through science and mathematics.
Descartes migrated to Netherland on the
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By means of a series of several cautiously thought out meditations, the reader along with the author forms the foundation for the possibility of knowledge. Descartes is not a skeptic, as some of his critics have said, whereas he uses skepticism as a way to prompt his reader to “discover” through philosophical investigation. In the Second Replies, Descartes refer to this style of presentation as the “analytic” style. There were two styles of presentation – analytic and synthetic. For Descartes, the analytic style of presentation progresses by beginning with what is usually considered to be known and discovering what is essential for such knowledge. Therefore, the investigation proceeds from what is usually known to first principles. On the contrary, the synthetic style of presentation starts by establishing principles and then ascertaining what
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