Discourse on Method is a philosophical work written by René Descartes and published in 1636. Although he had dedicated his adult life to research in philosophy, mathematics, and science, the 40-year-old Descartes had not published anything prior to it—largely due to fears of censure. Discourse on Method introduces the scientific method that Descartes invented, explains how his views came about, and describes why he has been so hesitant to publish. In addition to its insight into Descartes's philosophy and method, it also gives us insight into the intellectual climate of his time.


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