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Descartes at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

Rene (1956-1650) a French mathematician and philosopher famous for establishing the principle of "cogito ergo sum" (=I think, therefore I am), which means "I know that I exist because I know that I think"//

Descartes at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

French mathematician, scientist, and philosopher, considered the father of modern philosophy. Born near Tours and educated at a Jesuit college, he joined the military in 1618 and traveled widely for the next 10 years. In 1628 he settled in Holland, where he would remain until 1649. Descartes's ambition was to introduce into philosophy the rigor and clarity of mathematics. In his Meditations on First Philosophy (1641), he began by methodically doubting knowledge based on authority, the senses, and reason, in the hope of arriving in the end at something indubitable. This he reached in his famous "Cogito ergo sum" ("I think, therefore I am"). His task was to build on this as a foundation, to deduce from it a series of other propositions, each following with the same self-evidence, and thus to produce a philosophical system on which people could agree as completely as they do on Euclid's geometry. He developed a dualistic system (see dualism) in which he distinguished radically between mind, the essence of which is thinking, and matter, the essence of which is extension in three dimensions. His metaphysics is rationalistic (see rationalism), but his physics and physiology are empiricistic (see empiricism) and mechanistic (see mechanism). As a mathematician, he founded analytic geometry and reformed algebraic notation.

Descartes at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n : French philosopher and mathematician; developed dualistic
theory of mind and matter; introduced the use of
coordinates to locate a point in two or three dimensions
(1596-1650) [syn: {Rene Descartes}]

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* Inter: a » UK Inter: IPA » /ˈdeɪkɑː(ɹ)t/

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  • A French philosopher and mathematician, who lived from 1596 to 1650.

    Related terms

    * Cartesian
    • Descartes law


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