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René Descartes


Born
in La Haye en Touraine (now Descartes), France
March 31, 1596

Died
February 11, 1650

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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 used in plane geometry and algebra being named for him, and he was one of the key figures in the Scientific Revolution.

Descartes frequently sets his views apart from those of his predecessors. In the opening section of the Passions of the Soul, a treatise on the Early Modern version of what are now commonly called emotions, he goes so far as to as
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“I think; therefore I am.”
Rene Descartes

“The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries.”
René Descartes

“Cogito ergo sum. (I think, therefore I am.)
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