On March 31, 1596, Rene Descartes was born in La Haye, Touraine, France.
His initial interest was legal studies, but Descartes turned instead to mathematics, physics, and philosophy.
The father of modern philosophy, the basic strategy of his philosophical method of doubt was to defeat skepticism on its own ground. Descartes began this by systematically doubting everything he had ever learned, and then accepting as true only that which could not be denied. He recommended the approach in a famous thought:
"If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that
at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things."
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