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res cogitans


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René Descartes (1596—1650) French philosopher, mathematician

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(Latin, a thinking thing)

The famous answer given by Descartes to the question, ‘what am I?’ as it occurred after the method of doubt left him with only the proposition, ‘I think, therefore I am.’ It is contrasted with res extensa or extended material things.

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