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René Descartes

Philosopher René Descartes

Profession: Philosopher


Biography: Considered to be the father of modern western philosophy, he is best known for the philosophical statement "Cogito ergo sum", or "I think, therefore I am". He laid the foundation for 17th-century continental rationalism and also had a strong influence in mathematics.

Born: March 31, 1596
Birthplace: Descartes, Indre-et-Loire, France
Star Sign: Aries

Died: February 11, 1650 (aged 53)
Cause of Death: Pneumonia

Historical Events

  • 1619-11-10 René Descartes has the dream that inspires his "Meditations on First Philosophy"

Quotes by René Descartes

  • "An optimist may see a light where there is none, but why must the pessimist always run to blow it out?"

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