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Descartes (ˈdeɪˌkɑːt Pronunciation for Descartes ; French dekart) 

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noun

  1. René ((rəne)). 1596–1650, French philosopher and mathematician. He provided a mechanistic basis for the philosophical theory of dualism and is regarded as the founder of modern philosophy. He also founded analytical geometry and contributed greatly to the science of optics. His works include Discours de la méthode (1637), Meditationes de Prima Philosophia (1641), and Principia Philosophiae (1644)

related adjective

Cartesian

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