Thinker of the Week: Descartes


Full Name: Rene Descartes

Born: 1596

Died: 1650

Hometown: La Haye en Touraine, France

Fave Subjects: Truth, Knowledge, Minds and Bodies, Mathematics, Biology

Career Highlights:

  • travelled all over Europe, serving in several armies
  • tutor to Queen Christina of Sweden
  • called “The Father of Modern Philosophy”
  • created a new kind of math
  • had an asteroid and a town named after him

Big Question:

How can I be sure that I am real?

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