One of his reasons for believing in god is that he knows (or thinks) that God is perfect. Since perfection includes existence, he therefore assumes that God must exist.
Descartes made a series of increasingly unsupportable suppositions to back up his beleief in God:
1. I exist (A supportable statement for an individual - Cogito ergo sum)
2. I have in my mind the notion of a perfect being (The idea that anyone can develop an idea of a perfect being is not provable. The Aztec may have thoght their bloodthirsty gods perfect as well)
3. An imperfect being, like myself, cannot think up the notion of a perfect being (There is no proof although it is believable that humans are not perfect and it is debatable if the idea he has of a perfect being is indeed perfect)
4. Therefore the notion of a perfect being must have originated from the perfect being himself (This is a flight of fancy)
5. A perfect being would not be perfect if it did not exist (Buddhists, for example see perfection in the loss of being)
6. Therefore a perfect being must exist (This does not follow from any of the above statements)
He was highly intelligent and incredible prolific writer, publishing many papers in a short period of 20 years. He made major advances in many areas including philosophy, mathematics, and religion. The (x,y) coordinate system or Cartesian coordinate system is named after Descartes. Some of his ideas on religion were controversial, so he was non-conformist. His ideas were counter to the teachings of the church. He was courageous, but also pragmatic, as he did not publish his last book, knowing he would be condemned by the Catholic church. You can read more on his personality in the related links. His family ties seem strained at times.
Cartesian co-ordinate system.
Descartes is a famous and well noted European mathematician who lived hundreds of years ago. He pioneered many of the complex math procedures, equations, and mathematical formulas that we still use today.
Descartes is the namesake of the standard "Cartesian" or rectangular coordinate system.
He also is famous for saying "I think, therefore I am."
Descartes' theory provided the basis for the calculus of Newton and Leibniz, by applying infinitesimal calculus to the tangent line problem, thus permitting the evolution of that branch of modern mathematics. This appears even more astounding considering that the work was just intended as an example to his Discours de la méthode pour bien conduire sa raison, et chercher la verité dans les sciences (Discourse on the Method to Rightly Conduct the Reason and Search for the Truth in Sciences, better known under the shortened title, "Discours de la méthode").
Descartes' rule of signs is also a commonly used method in modern mathematics to determine possible quantities of positive and negative zeros of a function.
Descartes created analytic geometry, and discovered the law of conservation of momentum. He outlined his views on the universe in his Principles of Philosophy.
Descartes also made contributions to the field of optics. He showed by using geometric construction and the law of refraction (also known as Descartes' law) that the angular radius of a rainbow is 42 degrees (i.e. the angle subtended at the eye by the edge of the rainbow and the ray passing from the sun through the rainbow's centre is 42°). He also independently discovered the law of reflection, and his essay on optics was the first published mention of this law.
One of Descartes most enduring legacies was his development of Cartesian geometry, the algebraic system taught in schools today. He also created exponential notation, indicated by numbers written in what is now referred to as superscript.
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René Descartes had a relationship with a servant girl named Helène Jans. They had a daughter but never got married and he never married anyone else.
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The sanhedrin was officially "disbanded" in October 2004. A group of rabbis claiming to represent various communities in Israel had undertaken a ceremony in Tiberias, where the original Sanhedrin was disbanded centuries ago, which they claimed would reestablish the council according to the proposal of Maimonides and the Jewish legal rulings of Rabbi Yosef Karo. The controversial attempt has been subject to debate within different Jewish communities.
Father Of Modern Philosophy.
== == Rene Descartes introduced the Cartesian coordinate system to mathematics, and made several notable contributions to the studies of imaginary numbers and trig functions.
two of the contributions of Rene Descartes was his analytical geometry and his theory of vortices.
If I remember correctly he is 6"1'. If I remember correctly he is 6"1'.
Born in La Haye (south of France) Later relocated and died in Sweden in palace of Queen Christina
he had an illegitimate daughter
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René Descartes was a French philosopher and mathematician that lived from 1596 to 1650. He is considered the Father of Modern Philosophy as well as the Father of Analytical Geometry. The Cartesian Coordinate System was named after him. He was a primary influence in the Scientific Revolution.
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René Descartes (French ) (March 31, 1596 - February 11, 1650), also known as Renatus Cartesius (latinized form), the highly influential French philosopher, mathematician, scientist, and writer
Briefly, Descartes was a French Catholic philosopher whose chief concern was epistemology - that is, the extent of human knowledge.
Rene DesCartes (1596-1650) was a French philosopher and mathematician who is widely regarded as the father of modern western philosophy.
Rene Descartes invented the famous Cartesian coordinate system.He worked in the field of analytic geometry.
I forget what its name is, but it is a theorem that states that in a polynomial function in the standard form there are possible, at most, as many positive solutions as there are changes in sign for every term. Likewise is true for f(-1) that will give you the most possible negative solutions.
^ I believe you're thinking of Descartes' Rule of Signs.
Also, Descartes was responsible for the concept of the Cartesian Plane.
Descartes created the Cartesian coordinates and the Cartesian curves and has often been given credit for analytical geometry.
he was a mathmatician
Descartes had one daughter.
1596 - 1650
rene descartes grew up in lattaye,france.
Descartes was a very friendly man and very intellectually open; he had close personal relationships with his family members, exemplified by his sadness over the death of his young daughter. As he was very religious, Descartes sought to reconcile his faith with his scientific and philosophical discoveries.
"Descartes emphasized the importance of his own mind. He asserted that he would accept only those things that his reason were true."
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