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Contemporary Civilization

Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy


René Descartes

1596 CE – 1650 CE

René Descartes was born in the town of La Haye (now Descartes) nears Tours in the center of France.  After completing a rigorous education at the newly-opened Jesuit high school La Flèche in 1614, Descartes’ life was marked by frequent travels, long periods of isolation and secrecy, and several nervous breakdowns.


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