Rene Descartes

Rene Descartes

Born: March 31, 1596

Died: February 11, 1650

Nationality: French

Occupation: Mathematician

Biography: René Descartes was a French philosopher, mathematician, and writer who spent most of his adult life in the Dutch Republic. He has been dubbed the 'Father of Modern Philosophy', and much subsequent Western philosophy is a response to his writings, which are studied closely to this day.

Source/Notes: Variant: There is nothing so strange and so unbelievable that it has not been said by one philosopher or another. - Le Discours de la Méthode (1637)

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Source/Notes: Variant translation: "When it is not in our power to discern the truest opinions, we must follow the most probable." - Le Discours de la méthode (1637), pt. 3

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