Rene Descartes

Rene Descartes

Born: January 01, 1970

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 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
Source/Notes: In Latin: "Ex nihilo nihil fit." Source: Principia philosophiae, Part I, Article 49

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