22 JAN 2014 by ideonexus

 Descartes Rules

I thought the following four [rules] would be enough, provided that I made a firm and constant resolution not to fail even once in the observance of them. The first was never to accept anything as true if I had not evident knowledge of its being so; that is, carefully to avoid precipitancy and prejudice, and to embrace in my judgment only what presented itself to my mind SO cleariy and distinctly that I had no occasion to doubt it. The second, to divide each problem I examined into as many ...
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The basis for empiricism, even if he abandons them in his own arguments.

25 JUL 2011 by ideonexus

 If You Wish To Contradict Bacon's Assertions, Please Use ...

I have on my own part made it my care and study that the things which I shall propound should not only be true, but should also be presented to men's minds, how strangely soever preoccupied and obstructed, in a manner not harsh or unpleasant. It is but reasonable, however (especially in so great a restoration of learning and knowledge), that I should claim of men one favor in return, which is this: if anyone would form an opinion or judgment either out of his own observation, or out of the cr...
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Use experiments, use tests, and observance of nature to formulate your arguments.