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Sandy Montoya February 20, 2008 Section 1 René Descartes Discourse on Method René Descartes’ writing did not really reflect the medieval tradition too much in which he was educated. He was sent to La Fleche, one of the finest colleges during that time, where he was educated by Jesuits. During his education, he was taught Aristotle’s philosophy and his scientific ideas, but Descartes found Aristotle’s ideas to be unsatisfying. After a while, Descartes started coming up with his own scientific ideas, but he could still not free himself of some of Aristotle’s views. Descartes believed he was free of being able to question the existence of God and the truth about the Catholic faith, but at the same time he respected the Jesuits that had given him his education so he did not want to offend them. Towards the end, he started doubting a lot of things and because he was able to doubt, he came up with the conclusion, “I am thinking, therefore I exist.”
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