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Life, Science, and Wisdom According to Descartes

Adriaan T. Peperzak

in The Quest for Meaning

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780823222773
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235810 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823222773.003.0009
Life, Science, and Wisdom According to               Descartes

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This chapter examines philosopher Rene Descartes' thoughts on wisdom, science and life. It considers how Descartes revived the ancient idea of philosophy and the pursuit of wisdom as a search for the highest good. He believed that philosophy was the supreme element in a culture and the most certain guide along the path to the good. This chapter compares Descartes' belief processes with those used by other philosophers in their quest for wisdom, goodness and happiness.

Keywords: Rene Descartes; wisdom; science; life; philosophy; goodness; happiness

Chapter.  11206 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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