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René Descartes (1596—1650) French philosopher, mathematician

 

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In Aristotle's Metaphysics, the study of being, or being in itself. In Descartes's Meditations on First Philosophy, the topics include scepticism, the existence of God, and the nature of the soul. The idea that the methods of philosophy should be continuous with those of science, or that there is no ‘privileged’ philosophical perspective on other disciplines, is frequently expressed as hostility to first philosophy.

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