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Discourse on Method

Rene Descartes

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Overall Analysis and Themes

Why does Descartes think we are all equally equipped with reason?

Why, according to Descartes, do different people have different levels of success in pursuing the truth?

Which of the following subjects did Descartes most admire as a student?

What did Descartes learn in his travels abroad?

On what date did Descartes most likely spend the entire day in a stove-heated room developing his philosophy?

Which of the following can be completely demolished and rebuilt from scratch?

Which of the following is NOT one of the four rules Descartes adopted to guide him through his methodological doubt?

What two fields were combined to form analytic geometry?

Which of the following is NOT one of the moral maxims adopted by Descartes in part three?

How long did Descartes spend traveling the world after he had adopted his four maxims?

Where did Descartes eventually settle?

Which of the following is one of the moral maxims Descartes adopts in part three?

Which of the following doubts does Descartes not entertain in the Discourse?

On what grounds does Descartes claim to know "I am thinking, therefore I exist"?

Which faculty is most likely to guide us to the truth?

What properties of God does Descartes use in his two proofs of God's existence?

What made Descartes decide to suppress The World?

What is the initial object of study for The World?

What natural phenomenon does Descartes explain in great detail in the Discourse?

Which of the following does Descartes take to be outside the scope of his physics?

What is Descartes's main reason for wanting to make his findings public?

What is Descartes's main reason for NOT wanting to make his findings public?

In what language was the Discourse written?

Which of the following is NOT a topic of one of the essays Descartes appends to the Discourse?

Which of the following discoveries had NOT been made by Descartes's time?

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