Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting One’s Reason and of Seeking Truth in the Sciences

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Author: René Descartes

Prefatory Note by the Author

If this Discourse appear too long to be read at once, it may be divided into six Parts: and, in the first, will be found various considerations touching the Sciences; in the second, the principal rules of the Method which the Author has discovered, in the third, certain of the rules of Morals which he has deduced from this Method; in the fourth, the reasonings by which he establishes the existence of God and of the Human Soul, which are the foundations of his Metaphysic; in the fifth, the order of the Physical questions which he has investigated, and, in particular, the explication of the motion of the heart and of some other difficulties pertaining to Medicine, as also the difference between the soul of man and that of the brutes; and, in the last, what the Author believes to be required in order to greater advancement in the investigation of Nature than has yet been made, with the reasons that have induced him to write.

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Chicago: René Descartes, "Prefatory Note by the Author," Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting One’s Reason and of Seeking Truth in the Sciences, ed. Bryant Conant, James and trans. Babington, B. G. (Benjamin Guy), 1794-1866 in Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting One’s Reason and of Seeking Truth in the Sciences Original Sources, accessed November 29, 2022, http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=BLCL77T9LVBRAM4.

MLA: Descartes, René. "Prefatory Note by the Author." Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting One’s Reason and of Seeking Truth in the Sciences, edited by Bryant Conant, James, and translated by Babington, B. G. (Benjamin Guy), 1794-1866, in Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting One’s Reason and of Seeking Truth in the Sciences, Original Sources. 29 Nov. 2022. http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=BLCL77T9LVBRAM4.

Harvard: Descartes, R, 'Prefatory Note by the Author' in Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting One’s Reason and of Seeking Truth in the Sciences, ed. and trans. . cited in , Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting One’s Reason and of Seeking Truth in the Sciences. Original Sources, retrieved 29 November 2022, from http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=BLCL77T9LVBRAM4.