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Rene Descartes
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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
Rene Descartes
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As quoted in: "Life and Letters of Madame Swetchine" (1867), p. 43
Rene Descartes
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Dubium sapientiae initium.
Rene Descartes
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In Latin: "Ex nihilo nihil fit." Source: Principia philosophiae, Part I, Article 49


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Born: March 31, 1596

Died: February 11, 1650 (aged 53)

Nationality: French

Occupation: Mathematician

Bio: 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.

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