• (noun): French philosopher and mathematician; developed dualistic theory of mind and matter; introduced the use of coordinates to locate a point in two or three dimensions (1596-1650).
    Synonyms: Rene Descartes

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    It would be disingenuous, however, not to point out that some things are considered as morally certain, that is, as having sufficient certainty for application to ordinary life, even though they may be uncertain in relation to the absolute power of God.
    —René Descartes (1596–1650)

    ... moral certainty is certainty which is sufficient to regulate our behaviour, or which measures up to the certainty we have on matters relating to the conduct of life which we never normally doubt, though we know that it is possible, absolutely speaking, that they may be false.
    —René Descartes (1596–1650)

    I think, therefore I am.
    [Cogito, ergo sum.]
    —René Descartes (1596–1650)