By René Descartes

"I concluded that i used to be a substance whose complete essence or nature is living purely in considering, and which, for you to exist, has little need of position and isn't depending on any fabric thing.'

Descartes's A Discourse at the approach to accurately carrying out One's cause and looking fact within the Sciences marks a watershed in ecu proposal; in it, the writer offers an off-the-cuff highbrow autobiography within the vernacular for a non-specialist readership, sweeps away all earlier philosophical traditions, and units out in short his radical new philosophy, which starts with an explanation of the lifestyles of the self (the well-known 'cogito ergo sum'), subsequent deduces from it the lifestyles and nature of God, and ends by means of delivering an intensive new account of the actual international and of human and animal nature.

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In this letter the said Father tries to show that the above-mentioned doctrine of the sun’s rest at the centre of the world and the earth’s motion is consonant with the truth and does not contradict Holy Scripture. Therefore, in order that this opinion may not spread any further to the prejudice of Catholic truth, the Congregation has decided that the books by Nicolaus Copernicus (On the Revolutions of Spheres) and Diego Zuniga (On Job) be suspended until corrected; but that the book of the Carmelite Father Paolo Foscarini be completely prohibited and condemned; and that all other books which teach the same be likewise prohibited .

AT . –) The Jesuit Father Christoph Scheiner (–) of Innsbruck had published a book entitled Rosa Ursina between  and , which agreed with Galileo’s claims about sunspots but attacked heliocentrism; Descartes seems here most shocked by his supposed hypocrisy, although there is nothing in this or any subsequent writings by Scheiner to suggest he was anything other than sincere in his cosmological beliefs. It would seem that, up to this point, Descartes’s communications with Mersenne were not intended for public consumption; that does not seem to be the case with the letter of April , which begins with a strangely formal (and indeed otiose) opening statement (it is highly likely, in spite of the mysterious non-arrival of part of their correspondence (AT .

30 There is evidence that much, if not all, of the Discourse and the accompanying treatises were circulated before publication, in some cases in the form of page proofs. Jean de Beaugrand, an agent for the Chancery in Paris whom Descartes regarded as an enemy, asked one of his correspondents in Leiden to send him sheets as they came off the presses, and managed to obtain a copy of the work before even 30 Baillet, Vie, . . xliii  Descartes’s friends; he it was who forwarded it to the mathematician Pierre de Fermat, another of Descartes’s adversaries, probably to stimulate a critical reaction to the work.

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