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Discourse on Method

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By far the most widely used translation in North American college classrooms, Donald A. Cress's translation from the French of the Adam and Tannery critical edition is prized for its accuracy, elegance, and economy. The translation featured in the Third Edition has been thoroughly revised from the 1979 First Edition and includes page references to the critical edition for ...more
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Published September 15th 1998 by Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (first published 1637)
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J.D. Descartes deduced that "cognito, ergo sum" -- which means that by the act of thinking, there must be someone thinking, therefore someone exists.…moreDescartes deduced that "cognito, ergo sum" -- which means that by the act of thinking, there must be someone thinking, therefore someone exists. Whether existence precedes the thinking or coincides with it depends upon how you define things. For example, if you believe that thinking is a necessary part of existing, then thought would be proof of existence, and so 'existing' would happen the moment the thought occurred. On the other hand, if you believe thinking isn't a necessary part of existence, then thought would just be a confirmation of it, and so 'existing' would have happened before the thought, and would've just been confirmed by it. -- There are perhaps more ideas on different orders and conditions of thought/existence, but these are the two that came to mind.(less)

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Feb 24, 2017 Darwin8u rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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“...the perusal of all excellent books is, as it were, to interview with the noblest men of past ages, who have written them.”
― René Descartes, Discourse on Method


There are certain books that are hugely influential and fantastic reads. This one was hugely influential. In many ways modern science (and philosophy) owes a great deal to some of the frameworks, methods, and rationalities posited by Descartes in this book. Hell, even the idea of starting off skeptical and building from there owes a l
3.0 to 3.5 stars (though as mentioned below, the first four sections get 4 to 5 stars).

One of the most influential works in history of modern science/philosophy, the full name of the work is "Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting One's Reason and of Seeking Truth in the Sciences." It is a work that deals with the ascertaining of knowledge from "first principals" and creates a method from which all research into scientific principals could be based.

He begins by saying that because so ma
Luís C.
Man, epicenter of nature and of the world, is a spirit endowed with a consciousness to "mater", unlike animals... By his faculty to think, to experiment, to order his thought, everyone has to doubt to seek his own "truth", whether scientific, spiritual or ideological. Descartes , a master of modern mathematics, of Cartesian thought, of empirical doubt, of methodical reasoning, revolutionized the scientific and philosophical thought of his time and of centuries to come. He is already distinguishe ...more
I concede the point: my entire philosophical raison d'être orbits around the deconstruction of the false dualism unleashed upon the world by René. Though, albeit, alas, perhaps it is unfair to blame him entirely, seeing as the Greeks started it, and considering that R. was most likely just articulating an ethos since embodied by “Western” (European) civilization.

Dualism: the idea of separation, articulation, and demarcation, specifically into a binary framework, is the essential construct ground
Το Άσχημο Ρύζι Καρολίνα
Η πραγματεία αυτή, δημοσιευμένη στα 1637, στην καρδιά του Τριακονταετούς Πολέμου, από έναν άνθρωπο ασθενικό και φοβισμένο, αλλά και πεπεισμένο για την αλήθεια των συλλογισμών του (έχει τα πειράματά του πάνω από όλα και μια προπαρασκεύη από προηγούμενες μελέτες του επάνω στη φυσική επιστήμη) που υποφέρει καθώς η διάθεσή του για ησυχία και απομόνωση έρχεται σε κόντρα με την επιθυμία του να απελευθερώσει τον κόσμο από τον μεσαιωνικό σκοταδισμό και να τον παραδώσει ελεύθερο και λυτρωμένο από τα δεσμ ...more
Rowland Bismark
Jun 03, 2010 Rowland Bismark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Discourse on the Method is a fascinating book, both as a work of philosophy and as a historical document. Descartes lived and worked in a period that Thomas Kuhn would call a "paradigm shift": one way of thinking, one worldview, was slowly being replaced by another. Descartes's work, while part of the new paradigm, still has one leg in the old mode of thought.

The old, waning worldview was scholastic Aristotelianism. The Aristotelian paradigm had a conception of the mind, of knowledge, and of
Summary of my notes on the Discourse, by part:

I. The premise is introduced that reason is naturally equal in all, and truth is to be found by conducting it correctly. Descartes attempts to show how he himself has attempted this, not to dictate how everyone should.

II. The method. Descartes wished to rebuild the very foundations upon which his opinions and views were formed. He decided to do this by systematic doubt. The key point is to never accept as true anything that is not known to be evident
Ahmed Oraby
ما رأيي بالكتاب؟ هل أنت مهتم؟ اقرأ معي إذًا:

يا إخوتي، هأنذا، بعد عمري كله، وبعد ما عايشته. وخبرته، وعلمت من التجارب، والشواهد، والأدلة، ما يؤكد كلامي ورأيي، وأؤكد لكم، بل وأكاد أتيقن، وأجزم، وأقطع، أن رأيي، الذي أقول به، وأعتقده، لهو صحيح، وكل هذا، لا يرجع، فقط، لكوني عايشته، وخبرته، ولكن لكوني متأكدًا، من داخلي، بأن لي رأيًا، تدعمه الشواهد والأدلة القاطعة، والتي لا شك فيها ولا مراء، بأن الله موجود، وبأني موجود وبأن الله حق، وبأنه عادل، وليس بشرير، وليس بمخادع، وليس بأحمق ولا ظالم ولا مهووس، وكل
Feb 12, 2017 Mehdi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
حالا ما که هیچی نیستیم در عرصه فلسفه ولی به نظرم کتابش چیز خاصی نداشت و اساسا مسیر واحدی هم نداشت؛ از تشریح عملکرد قلب تا اثبات خدا از طریق عقل

کتاب کوچکی است اما واقعا خواندنش سخت است؛ چون هیچ انسجامی و اساسا محتوای ویژه ای ندارد
Abdulla Awachi
Mar 24, 2016 Abdulla Awachi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
مراجعة كتاب “ حديث الطريقة “ للفيلسوف الفرنسي رينيه ديكارت

هذا الكتاب هو أول كتاب أقرأه لديكارت ، بعد أن قرأت عنه كثيراً هنا و هناك ، و لكني كنت قد آليت على نفسي ألا أقرأ للفلاسفة إلا من كتبهم و أتجنب أي سرد أو تلخيص أو شرح لفكرهم و نتاجهم و ذلك بعد سماع نصيحة شوبنهاور، و إني لأعتقد أن هذه النصيحة قد فادتني كثيراً في نظرتي للكثير من الأمور ، فنحن كثيراً ما نسمع عن مذهب فكري معين و ديانة معينة و نحكم عليها قبل أن نرجع لنتاجات أصحابها و نتأملها جيداً و من ثم نحكم عليها.

و لم يكن كتاب ديكارت بمنأى عن
دکارت، در بیست و دو سه سالگی، بیشتر مابعد الطبیعه ی خودش رو پی ریزی کرد که البته، خیلی هم مابعد الطبیعه نبود. بلکه فقط مقدمه ی مختصری بود تا از شک رها بشه و بتونه به علوم دیگه بپردازه. چرا که به قول خودش، مابعدالطبیعه مثل تنه ی درخته و علوم دیگه، مثل شاخه. تا این تنه در جای درستی ریشه نداشته باشه، شاخه ها بار نمی دن.
این رساله، شرح همون مابعدالطبیعه ای هستش که یک شب زمستانی، خمیده در کنار شومینه ساخته.
Francisco H. González
La literatura como alimento para el espíritu. Así entiendo este libro del padre de la filosofía moderna. Una lectura primordial.
Su brevedad ayuda además a vencer ciertas reticencias que se puedan oponer a su lectura.
Timothy Matias
Jul 29, 2014 Timothy Matias rated it liked it
Rene’ Descartes’ “Discourse on the Method” is one of the most difficult books for me to review, in that it is half inspiring to me, and half disappointing; what starts out as a brilliant doubting methodology, eliminating whatever can be doubted until there is nothing left than can be by any conjecture or hypothesis be reasonably doubted- arrive at a basic, fundamental truth, providing a firm rational foundation from other truths can be derived. Unfortunately, once Descartes discovers this truth, ...more
Ahmed Abdelazim
لابد لنا من الوقوف هنا لننظر متأملين الى احدى مكتسبات الانسانيه

هنا مرحلة انعطاف هامه في تاريخ الهوموسابيانز والعلوم الانسانيه المكتسبه تماما حالها كحال منازعة كوبرينيكوس لافكار بطليموس القائله بمركزية الارض والتي روّج لها جاليلو لاحقا، وماديّة نيوتن، وتطوّر داروين، ونسبية اينشتين، وووو - رضي الله عنهم أجمعين -

يوم أن صُودر الكثير من العظمة المزعومة للانسان البدائي الذي كان يرى نفسه وكوكبه مركزا للأجرام السماويه حيث يدورون خضوعا له بينما هو يبقى ثابتا !! حتى بدى لنا أننا مجرد أجرام صغيره حقيره لا
Apr 09, 2017 Nemo added it
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René Descartes
An Interview with Descartes

N: Cartesius, ever since I read your treatise "Meditations on First Philosophy: In which the existence of God and the immortality of the soul are demonstrated", I've wished to meet you in person and discuss the subjects in detail.

C: Is that why you imagined this conversation with me?

N: Unfortunately, I have no power of imagination, with which you are abundantly gifted.

C: Nemo, you're gifted with the faculty of reason, which all men have, and by which you can distinguis
''La diversidad de nuestras opiniones no procede de que unos sean más racionales que otros, sino tan solo de que dirigimos nuestros pensamientos por caminos distintos y no consideramos las mismas cosas. No basta, ciertamente, tener un buen entendimiento: lo principal es aplicarlo bien''.

Se suele hablar de la revolución de 1600 en referencia al triunfo del helicocentrismo copernicano y al nacimiento de la ciencia moderna, pero estas cosas funcionan a su ritmo, y no hay que olvidar que en aquella
Mel Vincent
Apr 14, 2011 Mel Vincent rated it it was amazing
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Rene Descartes is not only a pure optimist and a wide thinker but he too is very eloquent, charismatic, simple and very brilliant in how he fuses his ideas and arguments to that of different sciences such as anatomy and to an extent, psychology itself.

While reading this it is as if you are not reading a highly charged philosophy book but instead it makes you think that it is in fact a travel novel, which is amazing. Rene Descartes articulately draws his own opinions on the environs, perceptions,
Tina Nazari
1.روش دکارت برای درست راه بردن عقل این است که همه آن چه آموخته رها کند و از نو شروع کند به ساخت نظام فکری خود به این صورت که از بدیهی ترین حقایق آغاز کند و حقایق دیگر را با استدلال منطقی از آن مقدمات نتیجه بگیرد. اولین اصل بدیهی هم که در می یابد و می خواهد باقی حقایق را از آن به دست آورد، جمله معروف اوست: " من فکر می کنم پس هستم." پس از آن سعی می کند وجود خدا را با روشی تقریبن هستی شناسانه اثبات کند به این شکل که چون من به کمال فکر می کنم و منشا این اندیشه خودم نیستم چرا که من کامل نیستم پس باید ...more
Mar 26, 2013 TrumanCoyote rated it it was ok
Hard for me to take seriously someone who talks about perfection like it's a trait--when really it's more of a relationship between traits, or an aesthetic response to them. A master of taking 500 words to say something obvious (like Proust); and the relentless latinate style grew tiresome quickly. Also full of ridiculous insincerities: on the one hand he's leaving notes to posterity, then saying nobody cares about a schmucky little goober like himself. And with the last sentence he seems to be ...more
Ben Loory
Jan 12, 2014 Ben Loory rated it it was ok

the first part's great, where he's talking about re-educating himself from the ground up and throwing away all the nonsensical crap that got poured into him by other people as he was growing up. but then once he gets started again from first principles or whatever, he immediately wanders off into some pretty shaky god stuff and then it just turns into a description of how the innards of the body work which hey, might be right, but ain't so interesting
Aug 14, 2013 Ali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
این کتاب درون کتاب سیر حکمت در اروپای فروغی پس از فصل دکارت به عنوان پایان جلد اول آورده شده است.بدون شک برای فهم فلسفه باید دکارت را خواند و برای فهم دکارت هم باید گفتار در روش را خواند
Efe Karabulat
Jun 27, 2017 Efe Karabulat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kafamda uzun zamandır bir soru: Tefekkür/meditasyon nasıl gerçekleştirilir?

Bugünün dünyası size aşağı yukarı şöyle söyler: Bilginin sınırı yoktur. Bilinmesi mümkün o kadar çok bilgi vardır ki bunların tümünü öğrenmeye insan ömrünün ve aklının kafi gelmesine imkan yoktur. Öyle ki gelmiş geçmiş bütün insanlar düşünmüş, çalışıp çabalamış, eserler meydana getirmiş ve ancak bugün bildiklerimizi ortaya koyabilmiştir. Bildiklerimiz ise bilmediklerimizin yanında bir hiçtir. İnsan eğer her şeyi bilebilec
Feb 24, 2015 Erick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I have some amount of ambivalence toward skeptical philosophy in general. It's a tradition that engendered enlightenment errors and, later, influenced atheistic materialism. Descartes wasn't an atheist or a materialist as such, but his system of skeptical doubt is still incredibly silly in my opinion. First of all, a system of doubt is a contradiction in terms; a system must be based on positive and actual constituents; doubt is a negative, not a positive, so it cannot be a foundation for any ge ...more
Jul 23, 2011 Yann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
C'est agréable de se replonger dans ce classique des étudiants de terminale. Les trois premiers chapitres sont exemplaires. Descartes sert ici plus une autobiographie et une justification de son parcours intellectuel, qui consiste principalement en une remise à plat de ses connaissances suite à l'insatisfaction qu'il a ressentie des fruits qu'il a tiré de ses études, principalement Aristote. Il est clair que pour l'étude de la nature, on peut facilement trouver à reprendre les anciens. La méthod ...more
Anton D.
Nov 20, 2015 Anton D. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Самая главная ошибка, которую совершают те, кто готовит рис — снимают крышку раньше времени. Или мешают его во время варки. Не нужно этого делать. Бросил рис в кипящую воду, поставил медленный огонь, накрыл кастрюлю крышкой и оставил на 5-8 минут. Всё. Не открываешь его до прошествия времени, ни мешаешь, ничего не делаешь. Рису нужно время наедине с собой. И у многих почему-то вот это и не выходит сделать. Кипишат, волнуются, смотрят, как он там, мешают ложкой.

И да, может быть, ты перелил воды и
Daniella Insalaco
Even though I am not a fan of Descartes, I did enjoy the edition that I read (courtesy of The Focus Philosophical Library) because it contained a thorough introduction, great footnotes as well as an interpretive essay at the end. This is one of the reasons why I am giving it two stars rather than one.

I really disagree with Descartes on a number of levels and frankly I don't want to get into all of that on here because then I would have to divulge my personal beliefs and I don't feel comfortable
Kyle van Oosterum
Feb 15, 2015 Kyle van Oosterum rated it really liked it
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One of two essential works of Descartes, I must say I'm always astonished by the lucidity of his prose and thought. While I disagree fundamentally with his repetitive presupposition that is God is necessarily good and thus does not deceive him about anything he knows or believes, I cannot understate how indebted we are to him.

"At last I will devote myself sincerely and without reservation to the general demolition of all my opinions." (Except my belief in God).
Mar 02, 2012 Bilgehan rated it really liked it
Brilliant yet wrong in almost every aspect.
Josh Anderson
Jun 15, 2017 Josh Anderson rated it really liked it
Descartes is really optimistic. That's really what underlies everything here. First, he has discovered, in a Socratic way, that no one really knows anything and that the Aristotelian method has been outgrown. He uses imagery a lot, like how the best buildings are the ones designed by one architect, not a team of (sometimes inevitably conflicting) builders. In the same vein, he talks about the city layout, and how an engineered city is obviously the most effective (although "perfect" is the word ...more
Ahmed Mohamed
تعرضت لفكر رينيه ديكارت في كتب أخري لكنها المرة الأولي التي أقرأ له شخصيا
إذا كان لك إطلاع بالفلسفة الحديثه وهذه هي التجربة الأولي مع رينيه ديكارت فستري أن مبادئه ليست علي قدر كبير من الكمال كما يتصورها ديكارت أما بالنسبة لفلسفته فستراها ضعيفة إن لم تحكم ببطلانها
داخل هذا الكتاب وهو أول كتاب نشره يروي لنا ديكارت رحلته الفكريه لاكتشاف منهجه الفكري الذي سيستخدمه أساسا لفلسفته ويلاحظ فيه الآتي
1-هذا المنهج بالنسبة لعصر ديكارت هو ثوره فكريه تعتبر أهم مما أنجز جاليليو أو نيكولاس كوبرنيكوس فكل الفلاسف
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René Descartes, also known as Renatus Cartesius (Latinized form), was a highly influential French philosopher, mathematician, scientist, and writer. He has been dubbed the "Father of Modern Philosophy," and much of subsequent Western philosophy is a response to his writings, which continue to be studied closely. His influence in mathematics is also apparent, the Cartesian coordinate system that is ...more
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“And thus, the actions of life often not allowing any delay, it is a truth very certain that, when it is not in our power to determine the most true opinions we ought to follow the most probable.” 180 likes
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