Discourse on the Method: Of Rightly Conducting the Reason, and Seeking Truth in the Sciences

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Author: René Descartes  | Date: 1637

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 the Reason, and Seeking Truth in the Sciences, trans. John Veitch, Ll.D. Original Sources, accessed December 10, 2019, http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=VA4V2BHNQEJEE9P.

MLA: Descartes, René. "Prefatory Note by the Author." Discourse on the Method: Of Rightly Conducting the Reason, and Seeking Truth in the Sciences, translted by John Veitch, Ll.D., Original Sources. 10 Dec. 2019. originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=VA4V2BHNQEJEE9P.

Harvard: Descartes, R, 'Prefatory Note by the Author' in Discourse on the Method: Of Rightly Conducting the Reason, and Seeking Truth in the Sciences, trans. . Original Sources, retrieved 10 December 2019, from http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=VA4V2BHNQEJEE9P.