Author: Rene Descartes

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A Discourse On Method

Rene Descartes

A Discourse on Method, whose full title is "Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting One's Reason and of Seeking Truth in the Sciences", is the major work written by René Descartes and a fundamental work of Western philosophy with implications for the development of philosophy and science.

It was published anonymously in Leiden (Holland) in 1637. It was, in fact, the prologue to three essays: Dioptrique, Météores and Géométrie; grouped under the joint title of Philosophical Essays.

Descartes titled this work Discourse on Method for a precise purpose. In a letter he wrote to Marin Mersenne, he explains that he titled it Discourse and not Treatise to show that he did not intend to teach, but only to speak.