DescartesJul 29, 2005
Tuesday we discuss René Descartes, who lived from 1596 until 1650 -- not very long, by my standards. Descartes was a French philosopher, scientist and mathematician who is the father of analytic geometry in mathematics and modern rationalism in philosophy. Pretty good for someone who died at 54....
Harold G. Neuman
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 -- 3:06 PMIt appears to me he was a
It appears to me he was a better mathematician. His geometry was groundbreaking; his Discourse on Method, instructive; the Meditations, not so fascinating. Locke, Hume and others succeeding Descartes were more detailed philosophically, even when their notions overlapped, as they often did (for example, Locke's and Hume's ideas about ideas). Let's give credit where it is due, but not conflate something like I THINK, HENCE, I AM into something more than what it was. My take on that was, in fact: I THINK, BECAUSE I CAN. Which, to me, states the notion far more precisely.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 -- 8:24 AMI'm a philosophy major at
I'm a philosophy major at Arizona State. I would appreciate a quick response to this.
Descarte believes in two different kinds of matter? Material substances, or the body, and mind matter, in the pineal gland? Is God another kind of matter for him?
Is non-matter another kind of matter for Descarte?
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 -- 9:37 AMNo, no, no, and no. You
No, no, no, and no. You really should ask your professors at Arizona State to clear up your confusion about Descartes.