By René Descartes
"I concluded that i used to be a substance whose complete essence or nature is living purely in considering, and which, which will exist, has little need of position and isn't depending on any fabric thing.'
Descartes's A Discourse at the approach to safely engaging in One's cause and looking fact within the Sciences marks a watershed in eu inspiration; in it, the writer presents an off-the-cuff highbrow autobiography within the vernacular for a non-specialist readership, sweeps away all prior philosophical traditions, and units out in short his radical new philosophy, which starts with an explanation of the life of the self (the well-known 'cogito ergo sum'), subsequent deduces from it the life and nature of God, and ends by means of supplying a thorough new account of the actual global and of human and animal nature.
Readership: scholars of philosophy, glossy Western philosophy, the Englightenment, seventeenth-century heritage, the historical past of suggestion, smooth languages
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This provides him with another motive for publication: that of wishing to eliminate, or at least reduce, the risk of misrepresentation, at the same time as setting out his own achievements. His ﬁnal remarks are devoted to justifying his choice of French rather than Latin: he believes that this will send out a signal that he is interested only in the expression of pure reason, and wishes to show this by making no allegation of the authority of others, and by eschewing the use of the language of his teachers and of the international community of natural philosophers.
I have never felt any inclination to produce books, and would never have completed this one if I had not been bound by a promise to you and some other of my friends; it was thus my desire to keep my word to you that constrained me all the more to work on it . . There are already so many views in philosophy which are no more than plausible and which can be maintained in debate that if my views have no greater certainty than that and cannot be approved of without controversy, I refuse ever to publish them.
There is nothing preventing the passage in which Joshua ordered the sun to stand still upon Gibeon and the moon in the valley of Ajalon being able to accommodate itself to our senses, which deem the stars and the planets to go around daily in their whole course, from rising to setting, since nothing is present which could correct the senses by reason, and establish that the same thing is happening as with those human beings who, when they are being transported on a ship, trust in their senses alone, and believe themselves to be standing still and the harbour to be approaching or receding, or the banks of the river to be moving by.
A Discourse on the Method (Oxford World's Classics) by René Descartes