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Discurso del Metodo

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  14,749 ratings  ·  422 reviews
El Discurso del metodo (Discours de la methode en frances), cuyo titulo completo es Discurso del metodo para conducir bien la propia razon y buscar la verdad en las ciencias (Discours de la methode pour bien conduire sa raison, et chercher la verite dans les sciences) es la principal obra escrita por Rene Descartes y una obra fundamental de la filosofia occidental con impl ...more
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Published August 11th 2015 by Createspace (first published 1637)
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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
Feb 24, 2017 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 t
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 distinguished from his contem ...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 grounding “Western”/>
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Discourse on the Methods by Rene Descartes

I think, therefore I am (COGITO ERGO SUM) ........ if all the other objects which I had ever imagined had been in reality existent, I would have had no reason to believe that I existed; I thence concluded that I was a substance whose whole essence or nature consists only in thinking.

COGITO ERGO SUM is perhaps the most famous line ever written in all of philosophy. It is found about half-way through this treatise, which was published in 1637 and/>I
Rowland Pasaribu
Jun 03, 2010 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 knowl
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“Reading good books is like engaging in conversation with the most cultivated minds of past centuries who had composed them, or rather, taking part in a well-conducted dialogue in which such minds reveal to us only the best of their thoughts.”

“That is because God isn’t a deceiver, which implies that he has given me the ability to correct any falsity there may be in my opinions. Indeed, everything that I am ‘taught by nature’ certainly contains some truth. For the term ‘nature’, understood in th
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Endeavor always to master myself rather than fortune, to try to change my desires rather than to change the order of the world, and in general to settle for the belief that there is nothing entirely in our power except our thoughts, and after we have tried, in respect of things external to us, to do our best, everything in which we do not succeed is absolutely impossible as far as we are concerned.”
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 ev/>/>
Justin Benjamin
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
I need time to think about it....
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 fa
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Discours de la Méthod (1637) is Descartes' summary introduction to his new method to acquire clear and distinct knowledge. It was published as an alternative to his planned work Le monde (including a treatise on man, L'homme), in which he argues for a mechanistic worldview and a new way of viewing man (as a material machine with an immortal soul). He broke off the writing process when he learned of Galileo's conviction by the Vatican due to the publication of his Dialogue on Two Chief World Syst ...more
Mel Vincent
Apr 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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,
Scholastic Aristotelians CRUSHED by SCEPTICISM and RATIONALITY
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

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
Kyle van Oosterum
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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).
Brian Risselada
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An inspiration for me to take on a similar project of grounding all of my beliefs
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
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
Innovative as it may have been at the time, A Discourse is hard to care about today even for its historical value. From what I have gathered, Descartes's other work, Meditations on First Philosophy may contain the more radical, and therefore, more interesting ideas.

The Introduction and the Explanatory Notes are about twice as long as the work itself.

Sidharth Vardhan
The first four sections deserved full five stars for what they have done for thought-philosophy but last two sections are redundant to say the least and that is where my rating declined.
Christopher McCaffery
Trash, but fascinating trash.
Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant yet wrong in almost every aspect.
Josh Anderson
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tarik Lahyany
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After embarking on a bulk of fields, studying for several years, Descartes reached out the decision to study his own self, and employ all the abilities to try to choose the right path.
His logic if the cogito goes as follows:

Part one:

Principles of the cogito:
There's less perfection in a work produced by several persons than in ons produced by a single hand. Examples from architecture, a building designed by 1 architect is always more beautiful than the one designed
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In the Discours de la Methode (1637) René Descartes looks for a metaphysical foundation of all of our sciences. In other words: he wants to discover the roots of the tree of knowledge. To accomplish this, he describes the method via which we can come up with an answer. This method is radical scepticism. His criteria for truth are clear and distinct ideas. In other words, he builds epistemology and metaphysics on mathematics. The looking for an epistemological foundation of all our knowledge was ...more
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are certain books that no matter how many times you read, it is as if each time you read them again you're getting in touch with a new story, a new discovery, a new realization, a new reality. There are not many books to which I could attribute this peculiar characteristic, but the Discourse on Method is assuredly one of them.

I don't know how to describe what I think about this treatise seeing that every time I read it I find myself with different questions and conclusions. I cogitat
Agostinho Paulo
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The privilege of acquainting yourself with great minds is that you get to see the wealth of tricky and subtle ways which we can lose our way, so that we should, in the end, never (gullibly) follow in their tracks.
René Descartes is one of them; he is by many hailed as the father of modern sciences, although while reading these potent, lucid and persuasive Mediations it becomes disquietingly tough to see in what actual way do we owe so much to him. Other than being a distinguishable forerunner th
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