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René Descartes

(1596—1650) French philosopher, mathematician

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Descartes, René

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Dictionary of the Social Sciences

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(1596–1650)

A French mathematician and philosopher who inaugurated a long tradition of inquiry into mind–body dualism and the

Descartes, René

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

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(1596–1650).

Philosopher. Educated at the Jesuit college of La Flèche, in 1613 he went to Paris. Having

Descartes, René

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The New Oxford Companion to Literature in French

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(1596–1650).

One of the principal creators of modern philosophy and science, an emblematic figure of the power of

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World Encyclopedia

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French philosopher and mathematician. Often regarded as the father of modern philosophy. In 1619, he described an all-embracing science

Descartes, Impact of

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The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy

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The question of René Descartes's impact on British philosophy should bring to mind the beginning of John Locke's Essay

Descartes, René

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The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature

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and the Problem of Cartesian Dualism If historical figures can be understood best by examining the contradictions that condition their

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The Oxford Companion to the Mind (2 ed.)

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(1596–1650). A pivotal figure in the great 17th-century revolution that marked the emergence of modern philosophical and scientific thinking. He was born at La Haye near Tours, ... More
Descartes, René

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John Cottingham

The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (2 ed.)

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(1596–1650). Beyond question, Descartes was the chief architect of the seventeenth-century intellectual revolution which destabilized the traditional doctrines of medieval and ... More
Descartes, René du Perron

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A Dictionary of Scientists

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(1596–1650) French mathematician, philosopher, and scientist Descartes was the son of a counselor of the Britanny parlement; his mother, who died shortly after his birth, left ... More

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