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Descartes (ˈdeɪˌkɑːt Pronunciation for Descartes ; French dekart) 



  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)

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Example Sentences Including 'Descartes'

Borrowing a line from Descartes , Pyne could declare, "I paint therefore I am.
India Today (1998)
Descartes ' loss per share for the quarter is now expected to be 25 to 27 cents, worse than an earlier forecast of 11 to 13 cents.
CBC (2004)
Descartes , in the First Meditation, was in search of absolute certainty.
Boyne, Roy Foucault and Derrida - The Other Side Of Reason
Descartes CEO Manuel Pietra said fiscal 2004 was a year to focus on improving the fundamentals of the business.
CBC (2004)
His look made it clear that Descartes and I in no way inhabited the same world.
Kallen, Lucille C B Greenfield - A Little Madness
In the first, The Self as Agent, he moved away from Descartes ' "I think" as characterising human nature, towards the idea of "I do".
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
Music, as Descartes noted, excites the imagination, and a people with free thought are liable to free action.
Times, Sunday Times (2001)
` Descartes - "with conspicuous patience - `proposed the use of deduction and logic to counteract illusion.
Kallen, Lucille C B Greenfield - A Little Madness
`I doubt the local authorities have ever read Descartes.
Kallen, Lucille C B Greenfield - A Little Madness


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