Early Modern Philosophy

René Descartes

What was the purpose of Descartes’Meditations?

In his Preface and Introduction to Meditations on First Philosophy (1641), Descartes said that his goal was to rationally prove the existence of God and the immortality of the soul. He claimed to be able to do that using his method of clear and distinct ideas, which would also enable him to create foundations of certainty for the sciences.


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