The Life of Rene’ Descartes: His Works and His Beliefs in God

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Was Rene’ Descartes just a visionary of truth, mathematical equations or was he truly a man that knew he was born to tell the world about life, knowledge, and how it all came together metaphorically? Please see the research on Rene’ Descartes cited accomplishments.

Descartes was known as the first modern philosopher. Famous for making a connection between geometry and algebra, which allowed for solving of geometrical problem by way of algebraic equations, which promoted a new conception of matter, which accounted for physical phenomena by way of mechanical explanations and the premise of knowledge of ones self and the existence of God. ('Descartes' Life and Works, Kurt Smith.

Fall 2010 ed)

Descartes was born March 31, 1596 to Joachim Descartes and Jeanne Brochard. Descartes’ mother died in May following his birth so Descartes was raised along with a number of siblings by his grandmother. Attended Jesuit college of LaFleche to 1614, than the University of Poitiers in 1615. He received his Baccalaureate and License in Canon and Civil Law 1 year later. Descartes enlisted into the Army but his duties were oriented more towards engineering or education. ('Descartes' Life and Works, Kurt Smith. Fall 2010 ed)

Descartes disappeared for a few years, ended up in France living on his inheritance for many years. Descartes surfaced again in Paris, where he met Father Manin Mersenne which was a member of the Order of Minims. This relationship gave way to Descartes to make his thoughts on Natural Science Philosophy public. Descartes traveled and began to teach and write. Such works as (Rules for the Direction of the mind), (The Meteorology) associated with (The World). He taught Henry Reneri physics. Reneri and Descart...

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...nsight and integrity which allowed him to make discovery of the world and the human man attached to it.

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