In short, Rene Descartes was a frenchman with many contributions towards Philosophy, mathematics, and science.
In terms of his philosophical merits, Descartes is known for refusing to work off of, or extend from any other thinker's work, and instead develop a system of thinking that came naturally and was at every step self-evident.
Some people think he had failed, given that there is literally nothing you can assert that will not cause some philosopher to cry 'foul.' But much of his work is evident in popular thought today, especially the "i think, therefore i am" saying that is very present in culture. Very methodical, logical approach to multiple subjects
I've only so far read his discourses on method, meditation, and other philosophies, but his exercise in doubting everything and slowly working forward on what can be proven beyond any doubt is very enlightening and interesting. One interesting facet of this effort is that he asserts that a sentient and merciful god is among that which can be proven beyond all doubt, and even if many here would disagree, the way he approaches the subject is interesting, even if you disagree with his conclusions.
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He tried to solve the mind-body problem by claiming an unidentified part of the brain acted as a sort of antenna for the soul and thought that the ontological argument was enough to establish God's existence. He also got off on torturing small animals and justified it by denying that they actually felt any pain.
>>580679 He died from the notorious Swedish cold. It is believed to be related to the infamous Japanese cold due to Finland being related to the mongoloid race. And as Finland was part of Sweden as Österland at the time of Descartes' life the illness was known as Swedish cold.
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